cole roberts (b. 1999) is a multimedia artist from philadelphia  
we are slipping down the barrels of each other’s necks, and every so often embracing embarrassment and risk. we are a snarling, feral animal tethered to a chain, using all our might to attempt to break free. we are licking ears and getting our tiny hoop earrings trapped in each other, breaking free, and watching it all wane. we are car crashes occurring at a fatal velocity.
I am interested in exploring the infinite mutability of sound and photography as it relates to the many different forms of queer connection. sound, and photography without fail, manifests in my practice; whether that be through video, sculpture, installation, or music. i am drawn to creating works that heighten the viewer’s awareness of their bodily functions, bring awareness to the conditions of their immediate surroundings, and ultimately bring the viewer closer to themselves. 

 
 
 
 

education

2018 - 2022     BFA Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA           

group exhibitions

2024      Spákonuhof kynna, Museum of Profecies, Skagaströnd, Iceland
2024      Intimacy: 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, William Way Community Center, Philadelphia, PA
2022      From When I Looked Again for the First Time, Lubov Gallery, New York, NY 
2022      every reward constitutes a degradation of energy, Straw Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2022      Temple Of Joy, Temple Contemporary Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2022      Animated Architecture, Tyler School of Art Architecture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2022      site/line, Tyler School of Art Atrium Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2022      Pier Review, Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA
2021      Tiny Biennale, Temple University Rome Campus, Rome, Italy

solo exhibitions

2022      Body Of, Stella Elkins Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2021      Gravity & Grace / Void & Compensation, Straw Gallery, Philadelphia PA

residencies

2024    NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland

professional 

2021 - Present    Freelance (Audio Engineering, Audio Production, Photography)
2024    Hong Kong Community Radio Resident Artist
2022 - Present    Studio Assistant, Akeem Smith, Philadelphia, PA
2023 - Present    Visitor Services Assistant, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2022 - Present    On-Call A/V Technician + Live Audio Engineer for Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
2023       Studio Assistant, Anne Ishii, Philadelphia, PA
2018 - 2022    Information Technology Help Desk Technician, Temple University College of Liberal Arts
2021    Upholster, BBDW, Philadelphia, PA
2020    Studio Assistant, Pietro Ruffo, Rome, Italy
2019    Studio Assistant, Nichola Kinch, Philadelphia, PA