Gallery relocates to Centre

Cole's 'Wages' at the Craig

Sep 17, 2012
"Control" is a 2012 gouache on paper by Kenny Cole, part of his "Even Now the Reaper Draws His Wages" show and series.

Unity — Unity College's Leonard R. Craig Gallery has moved the main campus to the lobby of the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Curated by faculty of the college's Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, the gallery will feature rotating shows of works by artists from Maine and beyond.

On display through October is "Even Now the Reaper Draws His Wages," works by Kenny Cole of Monroe. The show’s opening reception and the gallery’s rededication is set for Friday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Since 2006, Cole has been exploring issues of war and weaponry through various installations beginning with “Prison Papers,” a series of drawings on found prison record forms depicting weaponry from the world’s arsenal of missiles and bombs. Cole’s exploration continued in 2010 with his “Hellfire Story” installation, which chronicled the development and deployment of the Hellfire Missile System deployed for use with Reaper and Predator Drones.

The title for Cole’s newest series, “Even Now the Reaper Draws His Wages,” is drawn from a Bible verse meant to imply that the wages drawn are the fruit of eternal life. Cole’s interpretation of the verse applies to the new and expanding robotic warfare industry, an industry currently enjoying a huge economic windfall. This installation includes prints, drawings, paintings and a two-story wall drawing created on site at the UCCPA.

Cole has been described as one of the most prolific artists currently working in Maine.  Exhibitions of his work stretch from Maine to the Republic of Djibouti, including solo shows at Space Gallery in Portland and inclusion in both the 2010 and 2012 Center for Maine Contemporary Art biennials. For more information about the artist and his work, visit kennycole.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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