Excerpted from the press release for Cole's show "Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt" at Chimento Contemporary (read in full, here):
...his last motif, the empty arena, recurs in Case’s subjects as both an allegorical structure, instances of locations with personal resonance, and as a way of highlighting the character of the cultivated, ambitious, “artificial nature” that decorates them. By retraining the focus on the false yet living foliage -- on the traces of humanity in the world rather than its visible presence or the distraction of competing narratives -- Case also makes a direct connection between what he is up to and the pantheon of art history’s great landscapes.
Culver Blvd 4.19.16 Looking 270 Degrees Due West. 2016
Ink and gouache on paper - 8'' x 14''