Benjamin Cook 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 nationally in Louisville KY, Cincinnati OH, Ann Arbor MI, Wichita KS, Palo Alto CA. His work is in the collections of the University of Louisville and 21c Museum.
“My paintings are created from a desire to make the intangibles in the world into a physical object. I metabolize images, media, and processes from the digital world around me and appropriate them as paintings.
From gradients and layering in Photoshop, to the anonymous image consumption in Instagram and Tumblr, my paintings are disparate moments forced into conversation. Each painting in the series titled Paintings for the Internet was created specifically to be photographed and shared online.”