Harvard Gazette: Seeing beauty in the mundane

Harvard Gazette: April 2, 2019

Contemporary sculptor, printer, and visual artist Willie Cole’s haunting works blend the familiar with the unexpected. Now that striking creative tension is on view at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in “Willie Cole: Beauties.”

The exhibit, on display in Byerly Hall’s Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, features a series of prints made from ironing boards that have been crushed, hammered, flattened until they’re a few millimeters thick, covered with ink, and used as plates on a printing press. The ghostly silhouettes shift perceptions and challenge assumptions with their suggestion of the ethereal and the everyday.

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Noel Pichardo and Jasmin De La Cruz, student artists from RAW Art Works in Lynn, view the gallery.  Photo by María F. Sánchez

Noel Pichardo and Jasmin De La Cruz, student artists from RAW Art Works in Lynn, view the gallery.

Photo by María F. Sánchez