Linda Warren Projects is proud to present three exhibitions of new works by: Zach Taylor, “Everything Forever” (Gallery Y), Kim Piotrowski, “Pushing Corners” (Gallery X), and Andrew LeMay Cox, “Love Spells” (Gallery O).
Material process, experimentation, and discipline are the nexus for these three talented painters. The exploration and interplay between sculpture and painting generate distinctive work that is aesthetically and academically compelling. Whether or not the images or materials are recognizable, it is their unique painting styles, application, and technique that encourage the viewer to reconsider the physical and emotional constructs of the work.
Gallery O - Andrew LeMay Cox, "Love Spell"
Using Gallery O for its inaugural solo exhibition, LWP presents “Love Spells,” original works by Andrew LeMay Cox. As part of the exhibition, the artist will include paintings from his Pop-Lore series along with a selection of renditions from influential artists in the canon of art history.
Pop-Lore is a series of paintings that are experimental in their construct and composition. The material and surface at first glance is difficult to comprehend. Their smooth sleek glossy surface is both appealing and disorienting. The “plastic” like material hangs outside the confines of the frame. Oozing down and
Dali-like, the paintings themselves transform into sculptural objects. It is here, embedded within this alien material, where we find the painting. The process is tedious and leaves no room for mistakes, a gamble. LeMay Cox works backwards to start his composition. The figures and landscapes are built from the foreground to the background. Without revealing his material and embedding process, the artist draws from a mirrored practice of traditional painting with each form carefully thought out and each composition examined. Should application and composition fail, the result is trashed. His subject matter is neither utopian nor dystopian, but a collage of naked bodies frolicking in a surreal landscape. These multi-colored beings have no nationality or origins. The attempt is to re-contextualize art historical traditions in painting. “As an artist it’s difficult to look at the canon of art history and find a point where our work fits in,” LeMay Cox says. “Studying the methods and techniques of the past affords an outlet to find an original voice. The ‘unique’ is not born from pure genius but is rather borrowed.”
Andrew LeMay Cox is an emerging artist from Chicago. He has been featured in several venues across the area, including Filtered Warehouse, Boiler Room and The Squeeze. His work was also featured at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his BFA in 2011. LeMay Cox currently resides in Chicago and this is his first solo exhibition with Linda Warren Projects.