VAS : Caleb Cole : Other People’s Clothes

January 31, 2014 @
The Foundry for Art Design + Culture
119 Remsen Street
Cohoes, NY, 12047
United States

Artist Reception : February 1, 6-9pm
Artist Lecture : March 2, 1pm
Viewing Hours : Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4pm

Live in the Loft : Patrick Porter
Immediately following reception February 1

At the heart of Caleb Cole’s work is a fascination with ambiguities and inconsistencies, an interest in how he goes about negotiating areas of grey and how others manage to do the same. When he is in public, he watches people going about their daily routines alone; he wonders about the lives they lead, wonder how they experience the world around them and how they make meaning of it. He spends time inventing stories for them: narratives of isolation, of questioning and searching, of desire, and of confusion.

The images in Other People’s Clothes are a product of Cole’s exploration of private moments of expectation, a visual expression of his experiences stepping into the shoes of the types of people he sees on a daily basis. Each photograph in the series is a constructed scene that begins with an outfit or piece of clothing (either bought, found, or borrowed), then a person that he imagines to fill those clothes, and finally a location where that person can play out a silent moment alone. This moment is the time right before something changes, the holding in of a breath and waiting, the preparing of oneself for what is to come.

Though he is the physical subject of these images, they are not traditional self-portraits. They are portraits of people he has never met but with whom he feels familiar, as well as documents of the process wherein he try’s on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand his own.

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