Willie Cole at Alexander & Bonin

The Sole Sitter by Willie Cole
The Sole Sitter by Willie Cole

I love the New York art scene as it always inspires me to be creative and appreciative of the mass of talent.  There are a number of exhibitions I intend to see this month. One I’ve already had the pleasure of seeing is Willie Cole’s exhibition entitled ‘ If Wishes Were Horses’ at the Alexander and Bonin gallery. The show comprises of paintings and sculptures from the New  Jersey born artist. I’ve been an admirer of his  career for some time so it was a great pleasure to see some of his recent work up close and personal. Cole uses everyday domestic objects and discarded materials to reference historical events and people. The design and aesthetics of the work continues to reflect his interest in the Yoruba religion, particularly the Orisa: deities which represent specific forces of nature and govern different parts of the universe. Central to the exhibition is his 6ft statue entitled ‘The Sole Sitter, 2013. He brilliantly uses giant sized high heeled shoes to construct a crouched figure in a position that reflects the wishful mindset alluded to in the title of the show. The show runs at Alexander and Bonin until November 16th. If you are in town, taking a walk in Chelsea this is one show I would recommend.  For further details please visit alexanderandbonin.com

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