Artist Willie Cole Presenting Lecture at University Museum

Posted on 10/8/2014 12:46:21 PM

The Willie ColeUniversity Museum at IUP welcomes internationally known artist Willie Cole on Thursday, October 16, 2014, for a lecture to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the museum located on the first floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall. The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibition, Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects, and admission is free.

Cole is known for his use of ordinary and domestic objects such as irons, ironing boards, high heeled shoes, bicycle parts, and plastic water bottles, transforming them into extraordinary sculptures. His artwork fits into the realms of postmodern eclecticism, surrealism, Dadaism, and especially pop art.

Domestic Shield by Willie ColeCole manipulates these mass-produced common items and creates an entirely different meaning for the viewer by focusing on the essence of transformation. He is best known for use of the steam iron in which he uses scorch marks as a decorative element in various media (Domestic Shield, left). This is in tribute to his mother, who worked in domestic service as he was growing up.

Cole’s work is exhibited in galleries across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Other examples of his work are found on his website. His print “Men of Iron” is featured in the current exhibition.

For more information, telephone the University Museum at 724-357-2397.