Benjamin Cook

Region: Midwest


City / State: Covington, KY

My paintings feature backgrounds made of drawings that are pieced together and layered in a sketchbook-type fashion, with colorful hard-edged lines painted on top. Through multiple forms of application, the paintings jump back and forth between references to traditional painting and mindless doodles. This process mimics the fluidity of browsing the Internet, moving from thoughtful political articles with global ramifications to humorous GIFs and skate videos. I am interested in how protocols of digital processes play out, and how they mesh with an analog life. Image duplication, content layering, and identity crafting through staged images blend and clash within the figure–ground relationship. Through these paintings, I make abridged versions of a life that flows between many forms of mediation but remains unified through a single experience.