Cole Carothers, Pragmatist on the Run

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Jane Durrell profiles painter Cole Carothers.

Durrell writes: "What is happening here is that [Carothers], trained when Abstract Expressionism ruled the art schools, in his own work turns to representational depiction and makes abstraction an ingredient but not the reason for being. Carothers’ paintings pull the viewer in, are not quite literal so produce the feel of fiction, of stories not yet completed. Windows have been a frequent element although he’s not using them as often just now. He says they are 'a way for art to take you to different places' and was drawn by the way other artists used them and their metaphysical suggestion of 'inside and outside, imagined realities and their combining structural internal space.'"

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