Hannah Cole "Instant Sublime"

Greene Contemporary

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Hannah Cole's work explores the distracted American state of mind. In "Instant Sublime" she investigates the disconnect between an individual's physical presence and emotional state during a single instant in time. In the chaos of urban life, driving is one of the few remaining acts of ritual and solitude. Drawing from personal experience, Cole uses different views from inside a car as a metaphor for the relationship between interior life and the world outside.

The shaped paintings are a tug of war between slow and fast pace, the mundane and the profound, and between distraction and presence. To the driver, the windshield is a screen where one watches the world pass in front of them. Inside the bubble, fleeting thoughts are triggered by visual cues from the roadside, or they unfold from interior recitations of route numbers and shopping lists. Though driving is a rare refuge of privacy and personal freedom, being "in the moment" is perpetually complicated. The car, like the mind, is always moving.

Instant Sublime is populated with double images. Four shaped oil paintings on panel present different moments in daily life, framed by the surprising shape of a car window or passenger. The speed of the imagery contrasts with the laboriously handmade paintings. Each panel is carved and sanded by hand in the artists studio, without the use of fabricators or studio assistants. Accompanying the paintings is a group of sixteen archival inkjet photographs, each punctured by pinpricks forming the delicate outline of handwritten reminders.



from July 01, 2009 to August 02, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-07-01 from 18:00 to 21:00


Hannah Cole

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    linxy: (2009-07-28 at 16:07)

    This little gallery can be easily missed on Clinton but try not to miss it because the exhibitions there are definitely worth checking out. Cole's series of "Instant Sublime" are surprising as well as thought-provoking. i enjoyed the gallery space as well as it leads you up a little staircase into a cozy little sub-space on a upper level.

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