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Sixty Inches From the Center Review

Added on by Cole Pierce.
Having just opened in June, the bright lights and white walls of Hinge Gallery were welcoming against the coming cold on the night of November 5th. A lovely space in an ideal location among the bustle of Chicago and Damen, Hinge Gallery opened its doors for a dual artist exhibit featuring recent paintings by Cole Pierce and prints by Rusty Shackleford.

The works that greet you as you walk through the door of Hinge are two paintings by Pierce, titled “Triangle is the Strongest Shape #10” and “Triangle is the Strongest Shape #11”. The paintings are dizzying patterns made of triangles, as geometric grids that deviate in some sections. This gestures to the rigid grid interrupted by the hand-made process of art-making.

Pierce and Shackleford have known each other for a time, having been a part of an artists’ collective in years past. Although stylistically their artworks seem on opposite ends of the spectrum, the works juxtaposed made for an engaging exhibit.

When I spoke to Pierce about these works, he told me that his intention was to keep the triangle patterns as straight and as perfect as possible but as he created these works, it become about idiosyncrasies in the shape – letting imperfections happen. The paintings started as black and white paintings, but Pierce added a new perspective with color as the series went on. The paintings displayed at Hinge have gradients of color, with the patterned triangles fading from light cream to white in one painting and blue to darkest blue in the other.

Shackleford’s pieces in the exhibit are prints that utilize the relationship of gesture and found images, with the series titled Sweet Bones and Clean Secrets. Shackleford told me his process included dumpster diving for inspiration, using found objects to emote a nostalgic vibe. Tiny photographs of nature landscapes were painted, drawn, and marked upon, then blown up to become plexi-glassed prints.

Shackelford spoke of his processes and intention as concerning directed ambiguity- pushing an image into flat space and speaking to the relationship of what framing is about. The result was on full display in the works at Hinge, with pieces of nature prints paired with broken glass, cinderblocks, and neon paints. The consistency of color influences comes from within the prints, as Shackleford emphasized the importance of the presentation by painting the walls so as to create a full installation.

I was lucky enough to have to opportunity to speak to both artists during the opening, and them being friends made the discussion all the more enjoyable. They each were very different in their approach to art and speaking about their art, but the variance between the artworks held balance within the Hinge Gallery.

- Amanda Mead

Sixty Inches From the Center

Field Mic - short documentary

Added on by Cole Pierce.

Field Mic (Documentary, 2011, 3 min) from Ani Pandit on Vimeo.

Here is a short documentary of my history as an artist that connects the dots between my early collage work to my recent paintings and interest in field recordings and sound art.
Produced by Ani Pandit.
Featuring works by Scott Ashley at Hinge Gallery,, collages, paintings and field recordings by Cole Pierce.

Upcoming Show, Per Second Project

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Friends and colleagues,

This weekend we are exhibiting new work in a show titled Per Second taking place in a vacant storefront in Logan Square as part of the Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival. Cole Pierce presents a two channel video installation in collaboration with Dustin Camilleri, who created a six channel sound piece in response to one of the videos. Roxane Hopper presents a single channel video called Echo Amphitheater, and an installation composed of photographs and a neon wall sculpture.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 31st from 6 to 10pm.

2827 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL

July 31st - 6 pm - 10 pm *Reception
August 1st - Noon - 10 pm
August 2nd - Noon - 8 pm

Check out the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival website for the schedule of events and view the map of participating galleries.

Facebook event invitation

Work in Progress: Experiments in Audio Degeneration

Added on by Cole Pierce.

Work in Progress, experimenting with analog distortion, this track is comprised of samples of stages of audio degeneration. I'm using a loop of bells and kids toys that I made with Forrester, recorded to cassette and stripped off portions of the magnetic tape with typewriter liftoff tape. This was digitized, looped and dubbed back onto the damaged cassette, then I distorted the tape further by wrinkling it with my fingers. This was again digitized and I layered the audio into 3 tracks, applying effects using Ableton.

New Work

Added on by Cole Pierce.
A sample of the projects I'm working on.

The Triangle is the Strongest Shape (1,2,3 &4)
18"x18" Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas

Piano Hammer
Acrylic and Silk Screen Ink on Canvas

Untitled Installation
work in progress


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I found this while browsing through Swingr's archive of curatorial projects.