Gerald Coble is a native of North Carolina where the Outer Banks became a strong influence on his drawing and painting. He moved to New York in the 60's and after spending time in Italy, came to Washington County in 1972 to Battenville where he now lives and works. His drawings, collages and constructions are in many private collections in the United States and in Europe and he is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art In New York.
He collaborated with Peter Welter on Weltner's 1990 book BEACHSIDE ENTRIES /SPECIFIC GHOSTS with ink drawings and in 2004 with poet William Corbett on TEN IN THE MORNING, a book of 18 collages by Coble and poems by Corbett. Pressed Wafer will publish BATTENKILL BOOK: JANUARY, a 31 page book of collage drawings, a page for each day of January, 2008 this fall. The show this summer consists of BATTENKILL BOOK II, from February, 2008.
"Coble is not a classic collagist, not a descendant of Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, or the delicate Anne Ryan. He does not integrate a variety of materials or images torn or scissored from many sources nor does he attach the real, a newspaper, to a drawn or painted world. Most often Coble juxtaposes his materials. He likes space between the various elements so that relationships are formed at a distance. These elements are presented cleanly, without fuss, and are separated by matte board. A frame finishes the collage.
There is room for the viewer's imagination to assert itself. Take the sharpened pencils and stamped postcards in Coble's Proust and Whitman works. These are arranged like military units formed for battle. How many divisions would each employ to achieve his ends? Another reading leads the viewer to consider how much both Proust and Whitman have given us to write home about. Coble limits his means to achieve the poetic compression that expands the possible ends of his art."
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