SERENA COLE

Upcoming Show in Portland

Posted on October 02, 2018

I'm excited to announce I will have a solo exhibition at Stephanie Chefas Gallery in Portland, OR in February, 2019! Curated by Gabe Scott, I will be showing several new pieces I am currently working on in my studio!

Categories: upcoming shows

Solo Exhibition at Artworks Downtown March 2-April 13!

Posted on March 04, 2018

Please join me at the reception for my solo exhibition What It Feels Like For a Girl at Artworks Downtown in San Rafael, CA on Friday, March 9 from 5-8 pm!

The exhibition will be on view through Friday, April 13

March 2–April 13, 2018
Receptions: March 9 • 5–8pm + April 13 • 5–8pm
Artist Talk: March 10, 11am

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Bay Area artist Serena Cole presents What It Feels Like For a Girl, a body of work based on the appropriation and reconstruction of found imagery from fashion, art history, and current events. Cole's highly detailed mixed media artwork continues tropes from the history of painting such as the female figure and the still life. She uses these traditional formats as metaphors to examine what it feels like to be female living in America today. Uncanny, forward-facing and often distraught expressions of her portraits give autonomy to the figures who can see the viewer seeing them. Still life flowers continue reflections upon expectations of beauty and explore profound and inevitable failure as the flowers droop and fade. Cole considers each piece an avatar of herself, creating a uniquely personal exhibition of self-portraiture that invites reflection from the broader audience on female-hood in the current political climate. 
 
Serena Cole received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely including exhibitions at Hinterconti in Hamburg, Germany; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis; and Phillips de Pury and Dodge Gallery in New York. 
 
For information about the exhibition please contact Stan Gibbs at Artworks Downtown stan@artworksdowntown.org 

TAKEOVER: SF Art Exhibition Opens November 18 at Alter Space Gallery in San Francisco!

Posted on November 08, 2017

TAKEOVER: SAN FRANCISCO

 

November 18- 25, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, November 18, 2017 7-10 pm

1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

Alter Space Gallery

 

Please join us for TAKEOVER: San Francisco, a group exhibition featuring artwork by female and non-binary artists, in conjunction with the official release of TAKEOVER Art Zine, a publication organized by artist Serena Cole.

Initiated during the misogynist and xenophobic presidential campaign of Donald Trump, TAKEOVER Art Zine serves to rectify the ongoing lack of recognition for young female and gender non-binary artists in contemporary galleries, museums, and by art critics. The publication showcases outstanding contemporary artwork by female and genderqueer artists, and creates an opportunity to foster important conversations about what it means to be a female or non-binary artist in the context of a misogynistic political regime. TAKEOVER ‘zine features the artwork and writings of thirty-six artists and one curator, and is available at http://takeoverartzine.bigcartel.com .

From November 18 to 25 2017, thirty of the artists from the ‘zine will exhibit their work in TAKEOVER: San Francisco at Alter Space Gallery. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase at the gallery.

 The artists included in the exhibition are: Ace Lehner, Bean Gilsdorf, Bruna Massadas, Cate Nelson, Christina Empedocles, Danielle Lawrence, Elise Irving, Elizabeth Russell, Em Meine, Jamie Vasta, Julie Henson, Kate Nartker, Kim Bennett, Koak, Kristin Farr, Lana Licata, Leah Thomason Bromberg, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Marci Washington, Mary Anne Kluth, Megan Reed, Melissa Dickenson, Mia Christopher, Rema Ghuloum, Sarah Thibault, Serena Cole, Sky Shapero, Sydney Cohen, Teresa Baker, Tracy Timmins. The exhibition is curated by TAKEOVER founder Serena Cole.

Serena Cole: "Let Me Look at You" Opens at Gallery 16 this Friday, May 13!

Posted on May 12, 2016

I'm excited to share the information about my new solo exhibition at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, CA!

Please join me for the opening on Friday, May 13 from 6-9 at 501 Third St., SF

The show will be on view until June 30, 2016

SERENA COLE // LET ME LOOK AT YOU


Gallery 16 is proud to announce our first solo exhibition with Bay Area artist Serena Cole. Cole, has become well known for her work as a portraitist. As a painter, she utilizes the traditions of draftsmanship and portraiture to emphasize the idea of individual experience and alienation. She is interested in what the tropes of modern identity reveal about our collective psychology, the culture of consumption and escapism, and the complexity of fantasy. Her skills as a portraitist put her in the vanguard of artists working in the medium today. She combines watercolor, gouache and gold leaf to render opulent and disquieting portraits. “I’m fascinated by the idea that we all want to be someone else, but the person we want to be also wants to be someone else.” Cole's work has been in a numerous private collections around the country and has been included in exhibitions at Phillips de Pury, New York, NY,  Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA.


For a preview of Serena's work, check out her catalog here:
 

Work in Progress for May 13 Show at Gallery 16 in San Francisco

Posted on April 10, 2016

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I have been working hard on this beast for my upcoming show at Gallery 16! 

Please join me for the opening on Friday, May 13th from 6-9 pm http://www.gallery16.com/upcoming-exhibition/

 

 

Art in the Works Solo Show in May!

Posted on February 07, 2016

I have many pieces in the works in my studio in preparation for an upcoming exhibition titled "Let Me Look at You". I'm thrilled to be showing alongside artist Libby Black, who will also be exhibiting a solo show concurrently at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, CA. Hope to see you in May, 2016!

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Categories: new work, upcoming shows

Upcoming Show "Alchemy" curated by Monica Canilao at Inner State Gallery in Detroit July 10

Posted on May 24, 2015

I'm excited to be in a large group show curated by artist Monica Canilao titled "Alchemy" at Interstate Gallery in Detroit, MI from July 10th-August 8th, 2015. Over forty artists will each present two pieces that relate in some way to alchemy. 

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