Ineffable magazine wrote an article about my work! Check it out HERE.
"Cox disrupts the traditional way we confront beauty in art, using portraiture and landscape to create a simultaneously seductive and repulsive subject. His portraits are of deformed creatures morphing to their environment, mutated, or sporting open wounds. The landscapes are at times vibrant and colourful, and other times, dark and ominous. Cox states, "There’s a comic absurdity in some of the works that I think makes the characters more relatable. It’s hard to be terrified by a creature that has a bird or butterflies perched on its head, or one that’s wearing a garland of flowers. With the Grotesque, there’s also a level of the unknown and the unfamiliar, which I’m deeply interested in." Despite the fantastical setting and hints of mythology, Cox's paintings speak to a subtler realism where beauty and monstrosity coincide."
I was recently invited to write a guest blog entry for WOWXWOW, and wrote a short essay on beauty.
Fields of Wonder: Some Thoughts on Beauty
"When Tim first asked me to write something for WOW x WOW, I initially planned to elaborate on some aspect of my process, or perhaps speak about some of the influences in my work. But something much bigger (and more difficult to pin down) has been occupying my thoughts recently. About a month ago, I had a group discussion with my painting class about the role that beauty plays in the field of contemporary art. A number of the students made really great points about it being a tool of sorts, an instrument for seducing a viewer into caring about what you have to say. I think that this is true to some extent, but this explanation seems awfully meagre for something that countless philosophers, poets, and artists have invested entire careers in studying. And given the amount of time that I spend fussing over ornament and surface in my studio, I really have to count myself amongst their ranks. So what is it about beauty that occupies my imagination so forcefully? I’d like to present some personal musings here about this visual force that drives my work."
"Lusus Naturae," a solo exhibition of my work, opens at Rogue Community College in Grant's Pass, Oregon next week. The exhibition will highlight a series of portraits that feature grotesque and hybrid creatures. Lusus Naturae translates to “whim of nature,” and refers to something that is deformed to the extent that it defies naturalistic classification; these paintings celebrate such transgressive forms, blurring the thin line that separates beauty from monstrosity.
More info HERE.
I will also have a painting on view in the group exhibition "Selfie" at Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland. There will be an opening reception on April 8th.
For "Selfie," participating artists were invited to unlock the shackles of tradition and take the notion of 'self' as a launch pad for pure creative expression. Looking deep within, each artist went beyond the flesh to offer profound glimpses into their souls. The result is a truly spectacular array of intimate iconography from some of the contemporary art scene's most exciting talents. "Selfie" features new work from John Felix Arnold III, Ana Bagayan, Jana Brike, Adrian Landon Brooks, Adrian Cox, Vanessa Foley, Monica Kim Garza, Caleb Hahne, Maria Kreyn, Mike Lee, Brian Mashburn, Mako Miyamoto, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff P., Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg, Lucien Shapiro, Kevin Sloan, Marnie White, Kristen Liu Wong, and Christine Wu. The works range from familiar to abstract and unite under the banner of one theme: that these images best represent the notion of 'self' to the artist.
More info HERE.
I will also have a painting in the group show "Freak Out!" at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. There will be an opening reception on April 15th.
More info HERE.
The Cincinnati arts publication AEQAI wrote a review of my current two-person exhibition, "The Garden of Restoration," at Thunder-Sky Inc.
"Immediately apparent in Cox’s work is a mastery of light. A gorgeous, consistent color palette of pinks, oranges, and greens is highlighted by lamplight and the setting sun, which plays at just the right angles on his figures. Consulting Crystal Healer and Spooky Forest are the finest showcases of this skill, but the variety of actions and locales depicted in Cox’s wider collection offer an abundance of content from which viewers may select personal favorites."
Read the rest of the review HERE.
My openings this weekend were a great success! Many thanks to the wonderful people that came out and supported these shows! In case you missed the openings, I have two major exhibitions on view this month.
"Shaping the Garden," is a solo show of my work at the Bonsack Gallery in Saint Louis, on view until February 8ty.
"The Garden of Restoration" is a two-person show with Tom Towhey at Thunder-Sky Inc. in Cincinnati, on view until February 13th.
I'm excited to announce that I will be participating in a "Platinum Blend 2," a group exhibition that is curated by Stephanie Chefas, at Modern Eden in San Fransisco.
Exhibition Dates: January 9–February 6, 2016
Opening Reception: January 9, 2016 6–9 PM
More info HERE.
I will also have work on view in Cincinnati at Thunder-Sky Inc. for a two-person exhibition, "The Garden of Restoration."
Exhibition Dates: January 9–February 13, 2016
Opening Reception: January 9, 2016
More info HERE.
"Shaping the Garden," a solo exhibition of my work, will be on view at the Bonsack Gallery in Saint Louis, the teaching gallery at John Burroughs School.
Exhibition Dates: January 8–February 10, 2016
Opening Reception: January 8, 2016 5:30-7:30PM
More info HERE.
"Portrait and the Primordial," a small curated group show that I'm in, is now on view at the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery. Check it out if you happen to be in the area!
Portrait and the Primordial
Adrian Cox / Michael Stillion / Vida Liu / Jordan McGirk
The AVC Art Gallery is excited to present "Portrait & the Primordial," a group exhibition that examines the fraught relationship between portraiture, excess, and the grotesque in contemporary painting.
Together, Adrian Cox, Vida Liu, Jordan McGirk, and Michael Stillion address a rich cross section of concepts about consumption, flesh, and the figure to question how we construct contemporary identity. While diverse in their practices and concepts, these artists connect visually through compositions that appear to burst, ooze, pullulate, and decay.
Each artist hinges this visual method to the concept portraiture, quoting the genre through composition and probing into theories of likeness. Invoking the plastic qualities of paint and regenerative powers of portraiture, these works hover in a state of becoming. These often unnerving images, sparking both horror and empathy, give physical form to a messy, aggregate state of identity.
Exhibition runs October 12 - November 13, 2015
Free and open to the public.
I have work up at ZG Gallery in Chicago this month. If you're in the area, swing by and check it out!
Zg Summer Stock
Opens Friday, July 10, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
July 10-August 2015
Tyler Bewley | Molly Briggs | Trine Bumiller | Amy Casey | Adrian Cox | Daniel DeLuna | Julie Farstad | Steve Hough | Gregory Jacobsen | Anna Joelsdottir | Amanda Elizabeth Joseph | Becky Joye | Justin Henry Miller | Suzy Poling | Clare Rosean | Jackie Tileston | Eric Tucker
I am thrilled to announce that I will have work on view at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle for their invitational group exhibition Lush Life 5: Reverie. From the gallery's website:
"Roq La Rue is pleased to present the fifth incarnation of our wildly popular “Lush Life” group show. These shows are designed to showcase some of the best contemporary artists who work within a fantastical narrative while exhibiting exceptional technical prowess. The sub theme of this particular show is “Reverie”- meant to evoke the languid, sexy, ripe days and nights of late summer. Please join us for a lively opening on August 6th 6-9pm and email us if you would like to be put on the collector’s list for an online pre-sale preview.
artist list: Marco Mazzoni, Johnathan Viner, Amanda Manitach, Kazuki Takamatsu. Peter Ferguson, Christian Van Minnen, Jeff Soto, John Brophy, Casey Welson, Tyna Onko, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Lauren Marx, Esao Andrews, Eric Wert, Laurie Lee Brom, Erin Kendig, Ashley Eliza Williams, Ryan Heshka, Casey Curran, Scott Hove, Andrea Wicklund, and Adrian Cox."
Find out more and see images on the Roq La Rue's WEBSITE.