My art practice is rooted in popular culture, encompassing Performance, Video, Photography, Drawing/Painting, Print and Collage, reflecting and highlighting the slippages between fantasy and reality in everyday life. I also DJ, both in an Art Context and club-nights. My playing of records has been described as "a secular activity”.
Brian Eno said- “POP is about creating new and imaginary worlds and inviting people to join them”- I think that’s more or less what I do with my work. "Cole explores art as a form of entertainment and celebration, often engaging people in public spaces where a group of people or a community become the process of the work, allowing her practice to operate in multiple contexts. There is a collective association , where everyone can meet on the same plane through combining nostalgia and familiarity with a do it yourself attitude and aesthetic".
In the last few years I have returned to Drawing, almost an an everyday Occurrence and I take a lot of photographs, acting almost like a diary. I have also begun screenprinting. My ventures across media constantly inform each other and I have become particularly interested in colour, pattern and movement and their realtionship with music.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training: 2004 - MA Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art & Design.
Residencies- 2017- Open Field Residency at Cass School of Art, London Met University. 2014- Artquest 3 months in Berlin. 2009 - Artist in Residence, New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands. 2005 - Artist in Residence, Grizedale Arts, The Lake District.
Solo exhibitions: 2011 - IN THE BALANCE, Malgras Naudet, Manchester.
Group exhibitions: 2017- The Critic As Artist, Reading Museum & Art Gallery. 2012 - The Gospel According To, The Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester. 2012 - The London Open, The Whitechapel, London. 2008 - THE GOLDEN RECORD, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. 2007 - Grizedale Arts, Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne. 2005 - ART FUTURES, Bloomberg Space, London.
Performance: 2017- AN OUNCE OF FLOUNCE, Cass School of Art, London Met University. 2015- BITS & PIECES, Tintype Galery, London. 2014 - BERLINBERLIN, Performance/Slideshow and In Conversation with Michael Bracewell, Swebenbourg Hall, London. 2012 - SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM, The Whitechapel, London. 2011 - WOMEN WITH POWERFUL VOICES, ( DJ set & visuals), The ICA, London. 2010 - 67 MADE IN HEAVEN, The Bingo Hall, Whitstable Biennial, Whitstable. 2010 - IS THAT ALL THERE IS?/I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU ( LET'S KEEP DANCING), 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London. 2010 - MIX UP/MOVE ON UP (ITS NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE TO ME), SALON CONTEMPORARY AT WOLF AND BADGER CONCEPT STORE, SELFRIDGES, London. 2010-NIGHT AND DAY, Modern Art Oxford. 2010-PARTY PIECE, The New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands. 2008 - BE SEEING YOU, The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor. 2008 - HERE+NOW+THE FUTURE, Ikon Eastside, Birmingham. 2008 - HI FIDELITY HI, The Whitechapel, London. 2008 - THE WHITWORTH SOCIAL, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. 2007 - HI FIDELITY HI, Media Art Bath, Widcombe Social Club. 2007 - HI FIDELITY HI, Itchy Park 4, Limehouse Town Hall, London. 2006 - SHA LA LA, Itchy Park 3, Limehouse Town Hall, London. 2006 - IKEBUKURO A GO GO, Seven Samurai, with Grizedale Arts, Ikebukuro,Tokyo, Japan. 2006 - DANCE TO MUSIC , The Museum of Sorrow, Union Chapel, London. 2006 - THE MUSEUM OF SORROW, Hoxton Hall, London.
Commissions: 2011 - AS TEARS GO BY, Supernormal, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire.
Projects: 2009 - RULES & REGS, Radar, Loughborough University, Loughborogh. 2008 - THE WHITWORTH SOCIAL, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. 2007 - AMONG THE LIVING, ICA & Touring. 2006 - IT'LL NEVER BE OVER FOR ME, Virtually Grizedale and A/Foundation, Liverpool Biennial.