April 2018 Spotlight Artist: GRAYSON COX

“The Half Story Mountain” (installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park) 2013, Digitally fabricated fiberglass, 96” at base and 72” tall.

Grayson Cox is a New York City based artist working in a variety of media, from painting and printmaking, to photography and furniture-like sculpture. Cox creates  pieces rooted in architecture and conceptualism that examine themes of nature, interpersonal relationships and soft paternalism. Public works like The Half Story Mountain (pictured above), a fiberglass sculpture created digitally with the help of Scott Leinweber and architect Chris Benfield, is meant to depict a human-to-nature interface in which humans are cradled by nature in modernist furniture. It features the Le Courbusier LC4 (Chaise Lounge) and is loosely modeled after Michelangelo’s Pietà in Reverse. 

Upcoming 2018 projects: Ethereal Summit, Knockdown Center, Queens New York on May 11 + 12;  A collaborative presentation with artist Blake Marques Carrington at Scuola Dei Mercanti as part of the La Biennale Di Venezia, Produced by Milestone Architects (16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy) on June 15; and a solo show at Pressure Club Gallery, Philadelphia, PA in September.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1979,Cox received his BFA from Indiana University and spent two years living and working in Tokyo before moving to New York City in 2005. Cox earned his MFA from Columbia University in 2010. At graduation, he was awarded the Daisy Soros Prize to study in Salzburg and was also featured in a show in Tel Aviv for recent graduates of MFA programs in the United States. Cox is the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant and has exhibited locally in New York and abroad including, Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY; Gasser Grunert Gallery, New York, NY; Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv, Israel; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; The New Museum, New York, NY; Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY; The Fisher Landau Center for Art, Queens, NY; Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; and SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY. Cox’s solo and two person exhibitions have been featured and reviewed in multiple publications including, The New York Times, Art in America, Artnet.com and Time Out New York. Cox is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and the Graduate Printmaking Coordinator at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.