Galleri Benoni is pleased to present Post No Bills
, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Edinburgh based artist Steven Cox.
Scavenging cities in search of the sublime though discovering it in the grittiest of places, the abstract paintings of Steven Cox showcase a formalist approach of deconstructing lowbrow exterior surfaces. By examining the guerilla act of fly posting and the connected removal of illegally placed posters, Cox’s paintings are gradually formed through reenacting this application-and-removal of material.
In his studio, Cox paints directly onto large plastic sheets and transfers his paint onto the canvas surface in a rough and imperfect mono printing like manner. Gradually building up layers, his paintings evolve to feature subtle lines and crevices reminiscent of paper like rips and rocky textures akin to harling walls. His abstractions successfully blur the boundary between the found and fabricated, simultaneously questioning the aesthetic crossover between natural decay and constructed decomposition.
Post No Bills
highlights not only the painterly qualities of autonomous surfaces commonly found within urban city environments, but also aims to eliminate the distinction between discovered or constructed abstractions. Cox’s additive and constructed approach to painting involves a thorough investigation into materiality, encouraging the viewer to question both their relationship to the environment and perspective of lowbrow architectural surfaces.
Steven Cox (b.1986) lives and works in Edinburgh. He has exhibited at Galerie Jerome Pauchant, Paris (2016), Ana Cristea Gallery, New York (2015), Annarumma Gallery, Naples (2015), Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2015), Halsey McKay Gallery, New York (2014), Galleri Jacob Bjorn, Aarhus (2014). Upcoming exhibitions include Whatspace
at Halsey McKay Gallery, New York and Face To Face, Collection of Ernesto Esposito
at Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno.