I totally dig Cole Gerst's silkscreened prints. I love to ponder his juxtaposition of wild animals and power strips. On top of being a thoughtful artist, Cole's a really cool guy. He was born in Georgia and grew up in and around the folk art scene. The raw expression of the artists' work influenced his style and helped inform his job as Art Director for the House of Blues (which, if you don't know, has an AMAZING outsider art collection.) In addition to making original art, Cole designs for his company, option-g. He has created album covers for many of my favorite bands, has a short animated film on the Sundance Channel, and recently designed some sneakers for Vans. (Does the guy sleep??) Cole's screenprint "Owl" will be auctioned off this weekend as part of our "Birdbrained/Harebrained" exhibition. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. For more information about "Owl" or Cole Gerst's work please contact YES Gallery + Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 245-7174.