Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrienne Cole.
Adrienne, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My passion for art started very early. Growing up in the suburbs of New York, our house was always filled with art projects and Latin music as my parents were not only creative but ballroom dancers as well.
I received my BA in fine art at the State University of New York at Oneonta. From there, I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology(FIT) in New York City in Textile Design and worked as a textile designer and stylist for women’s and men’s apparel, Always looking to develop myself further, I worked in advertising and marketing developing new products, producing commercials and overseeing art departments. I met my future husband, moved to Los Angeles and started a family.
Wanting badly to create art again, I took classes, was admitted to the Los Angeles Art Association(LAAA) and showed in their 825 Gallery. I knew the graduate school was the next step. In 2017, I received my MFA in Studio Art from Claremont Graduate University(CGU). I studied under amazing faculty including Rachel Lachowicz, David Amico, and David Pagel to name a few and started a new network of lifelong friends. Now I’m developing my studio practice, working with others on collaborating and curating shows and submitting to exhibitions. I’m currently in the Brand 46 Works on Paper Exhibition at the Brand Library in Glendale.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I consider myself a multidisciplinary artist. I’m a painter, installation artist, and sculptor. I’m always looking for new ways to tell a story. I look at the world graphically, seeing people as objects, objects as shapes and shapes as lines. I develop these into textural abstractions and patterned representations.
My current work is about space. It revolves around the home and about seeing everyday, mundane objects like lamps, canisters, cabinets, and chairs in a new way. Architectural space is transformed into abstract atmospheres. Representational objects are referenced with blunt, congruent and nuanced mark-making with multiple materials. I’m revealing space through colors, textures, and patterns by building up details through layers. The work is unpolished, crooked, off-center environment with just enough movement and odd perspectives to misinterpret the work. I’m also obsessed with chairs as they add to this wonky environment. They are not only functional but reflect our state of mind.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice for artists is to keep up with the ever-changing art world, so you know where you fit in. Go to galleries, museums, art talks, look at Instagram and continue to make new artist friends. Be open to trying new things which is something I loved about graduate school.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’m currently in the “Brand 46” National Juried Works on Paper Exhibition at the Brand Library. Edward Goldman, art critic and host of “Art Talk” on the national public radio station, KCRW was the juror. The exhibition can be seen in Glendale until October 26.
I’m also on Instagram @adriennefcole.art, the CGU website www.cgu.edu/students/adrienne-cole/.
My email address is email@example.com. I’m currently working on my website.
- Website: www.cgu.edu/students/adrienne-cole/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: adriennefcole.art
Zhaoyang zheng, Adrienne Cole