Image Construction by Benjamin Cook
My paintings are made for a digital world, but not one that exists purely online. I explore space akin to that of daily interactions, often structured through, and mediated by, a digital presence. I am interested in how images are created, manipulated and used to construct and extend out own identities within a digital platform. I apply methods of construction rooted in a digital realm to the traditional activity of painting. The processes of drawing on Snapchat photos, rendering layered shapes in Photoshop, cropping, concealing, grids and abstracting palettes from video games or blogs all come together to create images that exist in an awkward, in-between state. They exist fluidly in both a digital and physical world as both photographs disseminated digitally and works displayed in brick and mortar locations.