Cole Sternberg

Feb 22, 2013


Titled after a line from Franz Kafka’s unfinished work, ‘Amerika’, Cole Sternberg’s current exhibition comprises two site-specific installations: in the main gallery a dizzying blend of a massive three-wall mural, over-painted photographs, collage, and mixed media on wood panels; in the Project Space, a dark, dolorous projection-based companion to the frenetic color of the main space.

Approaching ‘Amerika’ as a point of departure, Sternberg explores persistent and troubling social issues Kafka presents in the book, such as stratified social hierarchies, widespread discrimination, blind worship of capitalism, and the destruction of the environment.

Sternberg states: “Kafka never came to America, but there are themes throughout the book that really resonated with my view of our situation in this country today. I have tried to address these issues through the lens of Kafka and relate them to my experiences personally and, from a more macro perspective, to the United States and the world as a whole.”

Cole Sternberg

David B. Smith Gallery

February 22 – March 23, 2013
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202