Dave Cole: Flags of the World

Over the last decade, Dave Cole (b. 1975) has examined the complexity and power of craftsmanship, ordinary materials, and iconic images in his art. This has taken the shape of a 16-by-16-foot monumental teddy bear “knitted” from fiberglass insulation to the 15-by-30-foot subject of this installation, Flags of the World (2008).  As one of the most recent manifestations of his ongoing tribute to one of his most beloved and recurring images, the American flag, the artist assembled it according to specifications set forth in the U.S. Marine Corps Flag Manual.  The flag is suspended above a field of colorful fabric, the remnants of the 192 flags of the world found in the official United Nations set which Cole used to painstakingly recreate the American flag.