Benjamin Cook

Benjamin Cook (b.1989) is an artist from Northern Kentucky currently living in Champaign, Illinois. He received his BFA from the University of Louisville in 2012 and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His work has been exhibited across the United States and Canada as well as featured on numerous blogs. Cook is currently represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.


My paintings are made for a digital world, but not one that exists purely online. I explore a space akin to that of daily interactions, often structured through, and mediated by, a digital presence. I am interested in deconstructing the binary of the digital and the physical. I apply methods of construction rooted in a digital realm to the traditional activity of painting. The processes of drawing on Snapchat photos, rendering layered shapes in Photoshop, and abstracting palettes from video games or blogs all come together to create images that exist in an awkward, in-between state. They exist as failures of digital processes while simultaneously acknowledging their own limitations as a physical presence.