LewAllen Galleries will present new works by Kris Cox in an upcoming exhibition, Failure, on view at LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard from March 29 – April 28, 2013. Having trained extensively in ceramics before exploring the expanded possibilities of hybridized media, Kris Cox produces art resting between Minimalist austerity and the complexity generated through his process-oriented technique. Cox’s work embraces signal aspects of Minimalism, such as the square format and visible grid. Yet his work paradoxically utilizes formal qualities excluded from Minimalism, from a deeply personal referentiality to the highly expressive surfaces achieved through a careful and studied transformation of materials - from pigmented wood putties to cast beeswax.
In addition to signature minimal abstractions for which the artist is most known, Failure presents several successful bodies of work born from the many forks in the artist’s path. Works blend numerous processes and materials emblematic of Cox’s more than 30 years of exploring diverse concepts, mediums and imagery, the collective evolution of experimentation and what the artist calls “potholes of failure along the route.” Assemblages combine resolved use of wax, asphalt, putty and found objects. Photo-based images printed on layers of mylar, altered with pigmented wax and juxtaposed with scraps mined from Cox’s studio, create a tension between figuration and abstraction. Each series comes to fruition over months of what Cox terms re-imagining.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1951, Kris Cox earned a BA from Claremont College in 1973 before receiving an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977. He has participated in numerous solo exhibitions and museum shows.