Appliance art

Cole windmask

Wind Mask East, 1990, consists of blow dryers attached by artist Willie Cole, whose works explore identity, race, consumerism, the environment and other contemporary concerns. Bicycles, irons and high-heeled shoes are among the other urban artifacts Cole transforms into powerful, iconic “Africanized works.” “Anxious Objects: Willie Cole’s Favorite Brands” is on exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center through Jan. 6, 2008.