Sep 9th 2016

BENJAMIN COOK “How Do I Know You?” New Paintings and Sculpture

@ Zg Gallery

300 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Friday, September 9th, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM

On view through Saturday, October 29th

Benjamin Cook 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.

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