Cole Caswell
Machete Momma, Escape Routes, Kohler Center for the Arts, 2017



ESCAPE ROUTES, KOHLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, SHEBOYGUN WI, 2016.

Explore the impulse to get away from it all through works of contemporary art including photography, sculpture, video, paintings, and drawings.This series of five original exhibitions takes visitors along various routes the artists have chosen as their means of eluding the pressures and anxieties of 21st-century living. Going off the grid lures some. Some create portals to other realities or shift their attention to inventing fantastical worlds. Still others flee the burdensome present through mind-consuming, highly detailed processes.



SHEBOYGUN PROJECT, SHEBOYGAN WI, 2016.

Installation of seven large wheat paste murals as part of the Sheboygan Project. Art does not have to be confined to museums and galleries. The Sheboygan Project brings the street-art movement to Sheboygan, Wisconsin by using the urban landscape as a canvas for exciting works of art that reflect the city’s people and culture. The Sheboygan Project aimed to connect artists with available wall space and resources to create unique site-specific works in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.



THE SOURCE, CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNIAL, ROCKPORT ME, 2016

Eighty-one 8”x10” tintypes of the sun, gridded at nine by nine. The CMCA Biennial Exhibition is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. Submission guidelines are posted in early January of the Biennial year. Submissions are due in early April, and selected artists are announced in May. The Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.



THWAMPSING SUNSYSTEM PRESS, PALMDALE, CA 2016.

Sun System Press is a collaboration between  Bryan Graf, CJ Heyliger and Cole Caswell. Thwampsing is a temporary installation in an abandoned building located Palmdale Ca. Documented over the course of months this site specific installation summons a desert portal to a swampy landscape of a altered kind. 


PERIPHERAL SUBSISTENCE, ICA MECA, PORTLAND ME , 2015.

Peripheral Subsistence is one aspect of a nomadic photographic trek across the United States. The images made for the project use the historic wet plate collodion process to explore the entangled survival tactics of people living or subsisting on the fringes of today’s world. What sort of edge is described when living takes on these conditions? Installed as 8’x10’ murals and 8”x10” tintypes.



URBAN FARM FERMENTORY

A permeant installation at Portland Maine’s Urban Farm Fermentory. The original image was made with the  tintype process and depicts honey comb. Mirrored and repeated the image was printed on self adhesive vinyl at about 10’x60’. Applied as a wall covering the image spans the entire wall.



BRINK V1, MILLS GALLERY, BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, BOSTON MA, 2014.

The first in a series of exhibitions dedicated to emerging art in the Northeast and organized around a theme or subject determined by the invited exhibition curator. In BRINK v1, curator Lexi Lee Sullivan brings together four artists and one artists’ collaborative to explore ideas of itinerancy in contemporary photographic practices. Featured artists are Cole Caswell, Nelson Chan, Georgie Friedman, Houseboat Press and Scott Patrick Wiener.



RECONNAISSANCE, HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, SAUSALITO, CA, 2014.

Curated by Headlands Program Director Brian Karl.
One trajectory for the term reconnaissance is its use in military functions: the scouting of new realms, potential fields of battle, or terrain of the enemy or others of unknown affiliation. This usage is similar to a vector for the word’s meaning pointing to an initial viewing of a site meant for further or more formal surveying, carving up, and assigning to new purpose.



WHEAT PASTE STREET INSTALLATIONS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, 2012 - PRESENT.

A combination of commissioned and gorilla street installations. These temporary wheat pasted murals engage with the viewer in an alternative context, outside within the environment, and part of an active context. Change and deterioration is inevitable, entropy as a display tactic. Installations locations included: Portland, ME; Wells, ME; Center Harbor, NH; Boston, MA; Luray, VA; Asheville, NC; Savannah, GA; Valdosta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; Santa Fe, NM; Garberville, CA.



HAWK AND HANDSAW, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, PORTLAND, ME, 2013.

The exhibition presents selected works by 20 contemporary Maine artists who have been featured in Hawk & Handsaw, the journal of creative sustainability published by Unity College.



CULTIVATED, FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL, BOSTON MA, 2013.

Cultivated: New Photography from New England is a group exhibition of ten photographers whose artistic practice is grounded in the northeast. Cultivated includes artists selected by Leslie K. Brown, independent curator and educator, and Michelle Lamunière, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums.



SWAMP THING, BODEGA, PHILADELPHIA PA, 2012
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A collaborative exhibition with Bryan Graf and CJ Heyliger at the art space Bodega. The ecxhibition included various prints from the Act of Becoming Visable series as well as other experiments and mementos from the swamps.



THE ACT OF BECOMING VISIBLE, UNITY COLLEGE, UNITY ME, 2012.

This solo exhibition featured eighteen 30"x40" inkjet prints on treated newsprint. The prints where pinned directly to the walls.



SACRED AND PROFANE, PEAKS ISLAND ME, 2011.


An impromptu installation for the underground arts festival Sacred and Profane. Installation included one two sided 60"x72" banner and a wheat pasted diptych measuring 72"x192".



I.C.A. MECA MFA THESIS SHOW. PORTLAND ME, 2008


The MFA thesis installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, in Portland Maine combined The Canine Tracking Project, The Perimeter Project and The Detritus Project. The projects combine to explore the landscape through different scales, from the city of portland to the island perimeter of Peaks Island to the specific movements of dogs on the island. The Installation was arranged based on a Cartesian grid, (x) representing time and (y) representing distance from the base. [view installation]



OIL, THREE FISH GALLERY, PORTLAND ME, 2008.

Project Oil explore the perimeter of a oil holding facility on the Portland Montreal Pipe Line. The project was part of a group show at Three Fish Gallery in Portland, Maine. For the installation the project was published as a book, and as three 8x10 photographs and two 16x16 GPS track logs. [view installation]

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