When I say my drawings are the work behind my paintings, I mean it literally. Reversing the normal order of things, I don't use drawing as a preparatory step. Instead, I draw to document the mess left behind when the paintings are finished. I draw the notes-to-self, infused with painting notes, grocery lists and errands to keep track of, the painting marks and level lines, and the holes in the wall from screws and pins. Some of the drawings, such as Tape #1 and #2, are of the backs of other drawings. Some are of the place where a previous drawing was pinned, or of the notation, made in tape on my studio wall, of where the drawing I'm working from should go (see Metastudio). Though seemingly straightforward, they take on a playful, metaphysical quality.
Artist Bio / CV
Boston University, MFA, Painting 2005
Yale University, BA, Art History, 2001
?Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming 2009, 2005 Fundacio Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize Finalist, Barcelona 2008 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2007 ?Platte Clove Artist-in-Residence, Catskills, New York 2007 ?Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico 2006 Esther B. Kahn Award, Boston University 2005? Dean’s Scholar Award, Boston University 2004 Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University 2004, 2003 ?Sudler Award for the Arts, Yale University 2001, 2000
Two Way Street, Slag Gallery, New York 2010 ?Mantle, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston 2010 ?I Move to Keep Things Whole, Laconia Gallery, Boston 2010 ?Instant Sublime, Greene Contemporary, New York 2009 Wish You Were Here, former Lebanon Pavilion, Venice 2008 New Paintings, Alpha Gallery, Boston 2006??
Selected Group Exhibitions
Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston 2011? Town and Country, curated by Jason Voegele and the Brooklyn Art Collective, New York 2011? Ucross: 27 Years of Visual Art Residencies, Nicolaysen Museum, Wyoming 2010 ?On the Road, Suffolk University Art Gallery, Boston 2010 Fundacio Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize Exhibition, Barcelona 2008? Departures/Arrivals, Bevilaqua La Masa/Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice 2008? Boston Does Boston, Proof Gallery, Boston 2008
Thoughts of You, curated by Jessica Smolinski, Artspace, New Haven 2008? Guest Curator, Crossed Country, Sherman Gallery, Boston 2008? SUM, Johnson State University, Vermont 2007 ?New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston 2005
"In the Studio: Hannah Cole," Evan Garza, New American Paintings, July 29, 2010 ?"Keen Eye and Cunning Craft," Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, January 6, 2010? "Hannah Cole: The Automobile as Easel," Kathlee Cleveland, The Weekly Dig, January 2, 2010.?“Drive-by Painting,” Taylor McNeil, Bostonia Magazine, Winter 2008? “Hannah Cole at Alpha Gallery,” Carl Little, Art in America, 2007 “A Window on an Unrushed World,” Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, September 21, 2006?