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BENJAMIN COOK

Statement & Resume

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"How Do I Know You?" exhibit at Zg Gallery.

Artist Statement:

My paintings are made for a digital world, but not one that exists purely online. The works explore a space akin to daily interactions, which are often structured through, and mediated by, a digital presence. I am interested in deconstructing the binary of the digital and the physical.  I draw from methods of construction that root themselves in a digital language and apply them to the traditional tools of painting.

Processes of drawing on Snapchat photos, rendering shapes in Photoshop through layers, and abstracting palettes from video games or blogs are pulled from the protocols of computer code, and applied to personal and art histories to create images and objects that exist in an awkward in between state. They exist as failures of digital processes, while simultaneously acknowledging their limitations as a physical presence.

RESUME
Education:
2017 M.F.A. Candidate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
2012 B.F.A.  University of Louisville, KY
Awards, Grants & Fellowships:
2016 Urbana Arts Grant
Conrad Fenwick Grant
2014

School of Art and Design MFA Creative Research Award, University of IL, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Solo Exhibitions:
2018 Optics, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
History Abridged
, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY,
2017 Image Construction, Project 1612, Peoria, IL,
2016 How Do I Know You?, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Object Flexibility, with Cory Imig, DEMO Projects, Springfield, IL
2015 Paintings for the Internet, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH
2014 Amusing Myself,  Swanson Contemporary, Louisville KY
Group Exhibitions:
2018 Paper or Plastic, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Is it a Soft Grid or a Net?
James May Gallery, Algoma, WI
Friends with Benefits,
George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Columbia, MO
Art Academy of Cincinnati Faculty Show,
AAC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Art Fair,
Porch Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
I.O.U.A.E,
Spanish City, Whitely Bay, UK
Semi Skimmed,
BSMT Gallery, London, UK
2017 Terrain Bienial, curated by Richard Medina, Oak Park, IL
Spring Group Show,
Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Thesis Exhibition,
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Para-Natural World,
Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016

Patter Recognition, Fort Gondo, St. Louis, MO
Two/Hundred/Show, Kitty Hawk Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
Masterpieces 10, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Emerging Illinois Artists, Juried by Kelly Shindler, MCAC, Bloomington, IL
Space and Weight,
BLDG 5, Champaign, IL
Winter Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015

MUTE, Gallery COA, Montreal, QC
Wet Hot Illinois Summer, Link Gallery, Champaign, IL
Curators Bible, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Boneyard Arts Festival, Champaign Contemporary, Champaign, IL
NEW TERRAINS: The Landscape Reviewed,  Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

2014

Metaphorical Preservation, with J. Richards & P. Rademaker, Morrison Gallery, Elizabethtown
Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown KY
Contemporaneous Commentary, Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Drowning in a Sea of Information, Work Gallery, STAMPS School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MI
Analog/Analogy,  Zephyr Gallery, Louisville KY
International Contemporary Artists Exhibition 2014,  EWNS, Online
Everyone a Mirror,  I.D.E.A.S. 40203, Louisville, KY
The Kings Garden,  Nucleus Building, Louisville, KY
Art [Squared],  Public Gallery, Louisville, KY

2013

Good as Gold, Public Gallery, Louisville, KY
I Give Up: my art is in your hands Mail Art, Published via website/ Installation Magazine
By-Buy-Bye,  Public Gallery, Louisville, KY
Paintings, Paintings, Paintings,  Pacific Art League Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2012

On the SoFA: State of Fine Arts,  A.W. Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College, Georgetown KY
BFA Exhibition, Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY
The Human Condition, Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY
Rites of Passage 8, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Millenials, Morlan Gallery, Lexington, KY

2011

International Painting Annual 2, Manifest Gallery, In Print

2010 Hite Art Institute Biennial, Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY
Bibliography:
2018 Art Maxe Magazine Issue 8
New American Paintings, Midwest Issure #136
New American Paintings, MFA Issue #135,
2016 Commandzine.com 11/15/16
Columbia Chronicle Review, "How Do I Know You?"
New American Paintings, Midwest Edition, 2016
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2015

Studio Visit” Freshpaintmagazine.com Featured Artist published 07/10/2015
Maakemagazine.com Featured Artist
Saatchi Art “One to Watch”

2014

“Booooooom.com featured Artist” posted 10/24/2014
Louisville.com Interview by Spencer Jenkins

“Blind Date, From the awkward to the profound”
ArtxFM radio interview with Bobby Barbour
Installation Magazine, Issue 16
Pure Uncut Candy, Volume 2 Issue 11
“Rights of Passage 8” Exhibition catalog
“Millenials” Exhibition catalog
"International Painting Annual 2”

Public Collections:

blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL
21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY


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