Apr 12, 2008
I first saw Willie Cole's work 15 or so years ago at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the iron images have stuck with me. Without having heard a thing about him since, or seeing recent work, I recently recommended that a friend look him up. And ran and looked him up again myself.
Anything transformed by fire or extreme heat is interesting, but when a burn references slave ships, masks, domestic labor, and scarification, it's a pretty interesting burn.