Benjamin Cook (b.1989) 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 across the United States and Canada as well as featured on numerous blogs. Cook is currently represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
My works explore tensions between organic and digitally structured systems through paint. I draw from the land, social media, skateboarding, graffiti, blogs, and my own personal history. My works are regurgitations of metabolized content that strive to find a balance within the fractured social networks I find myself navigating on a daily basis. Through developing a visual language that reside neither solely in the organic or digital realm, my paintings explore a constant shift back and forth from online to offline media.