Artists: A - G: Matthew Cox
Redefinition of materials motivates me to create the embroidered x-rays. By joining the cold, blue, medically technical plastic of the x-ray with the colorful, decorative and tactile embroidery thread each is removed from its original intention and creates a new entity. Handling these media also gives me an opportunity to comment on the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art- by introducing labor over the quick, slickness of film.
In Heartthrobs, Avatars and Playboys, 2011 - 2012, I am transporting this technique to a new place using iconic heartthrobs from Pop culture such as Snow White and David Bowie and avatars from Eastern religion and Greek mythology such as Krishna and Minotaur. The possible visual imagery is rich, vast and exciting. This new move has also given me an opportunity to physically move out of the rectangle of the x-ray by extending the embroidery upward and outside of the frame.
Matthew Cox was educated at Parsons School of Design in New York and Los Angeles. He exhibited nationally in Chicago, New York, Miami, California, Tennessee and New Orleans. His work is in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Georgetown College Art Gallery, Progressive Insurance, and more. He was awarded a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in 2003 and the prestigious Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in the Arts (painting) in 2008.
A short behind the scenes video of Matthew Cox.