"Complex Conversations:" debuted at the Richmond
Center for Visual Arts in 2013. It covers more than thirty years of Willie Cole's work, from three-dimensional
sculpture to drawing and printmaking. The exhibition establishes thematic consistencies and intense interactions of his art
and its focus on key consumer objects like hairdryers, high heel shoes, and, above all, the steam iron. In Cole’s deft
hands and multileveled sensibility, his art connects the personal and the spiritual, everyday consumer objects and multi-layered
metaphor, and African-American and US history and reality within a global perspective. The catalog is 63 pages
and includes over 50 full color illustrations, and an esaay from independent curator Patterson Sims.