Exhibition | BENJAMIN COOK "Optics" New Paintings & Works on Paper | Contemporary Art at Zg Gallery | Chicago | Art Week

BENJAMIN COOK "Optics" New Paintings & Works on Paper

Share this

Categories:

Exhibition Type:

How many artists: 
1

How many exhibition works:

Country:

City:

Date: 
Friday, 2 November 2018 to Saturday, 29 December 2018
Opening: 
Friday, 2 November 2018 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Zg Gallery is pleased to present Benjamin Cook's second solo exhibition, "Optics" which will include new paintings and works on paper.  Cook recently received his M.F.A at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his B.F.A. from the University of Louisville. The exhibit opens Friday, November 2nd, from 5:00-8:00 pm and runs through December 29, 2018.

Benjamin Cook Artist Statement:
The title "Optics" is a reference to both the literal affects of visual perception, as well as the process in which stories and narratives are structured in a way that intentionally alters the viewer.  This series of new work uses paint as a lens to explore the means in which presentation and mediums of visual distribution affect perception.

The paintings, seen either in person on the wall or mediated through screens around the world, present the same image but with vastly different experiences.  I use illusion and paint flat graphic marks to read as clean, almost digital looking images. The bright colors and easily digestible systems play with the protocols and structures that a digital platform prefers.  At the same time, heavy paint applications, overlapping marks, tremors of the hand, and small details create another experience that can only really be attained while taking the time to view the paintings in person.  Neither experience is given more value, so the paintings are less engaged with questions of loss through medium translation, and more about meditating on what is currently in front of you

Curator ( Name ):

Artist ( Name ):

Telephone: 
312-654-9900

Venue ( Name ):

Venue ( Address ): 

Zg Gallery
300 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Add new comment

Other shows from Zg Gallery, Inc.

view
GREGORY JACOBSEN: "Balm of Body, Spice of Flesh" New Paintings, Video & Sculpture
07/14/2017 to 08/26/2017
view
JUSTIN HENRY MILLER "The Fallout Kingdom" New Paintings & Works on Paper
11/04/2016 to 12/24/2016
Benjamin Cook "Static Structure Study" acrylic on panel, 24" x 30", 2016, courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago
view
BENJAMIN COOK "How Do I Know You?" New Paintings & Sculptures
09/09/2016 to 10/29/2016
Dana Oldfather "Pink Pink Moon 1,"  oil and acrylic on panel, 16" x 16" courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago.
view
Dana Oldfather "Sweet, Sweet, Sweet" New Paintings
05/06/2016 to 07/02/2016

Pages

 

Related Shows This Week

view
Meleko Mokgosi: Scripto-visual, a solo exhibition
06/17/2021 to 11/13/2021
view
Welcome Yue Zeng!
02/16/2021 to 01/31/2022
view
Welcome Featured Artist Sue MacLeod-Beere
11/06/2020 to 10/31/2021
view
Beth Moon: Essential Form
10/07/2021 to 10/30/2021
view
Welcome Robert Irwin Wolf |Featured Artist
03/09/2021 to 03/08/2022
view
If A Tree Falls: Art Of The Boundary Oak
10/30/2021 to 02/13/2022
view
Glen Three Hawks - 'Through a Solitary Lens'
10/02/2021 to 10/30/2021
view
Jim Melchert "RETHINK, REVISIT, REASSESS, REENTER"
09/10/2021 to 10/30/2021

Pages