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Using stock colors of pre-dyed cotton, Cook weaves the cotton into canvas on a four-harness floor loom. The woven canvas is then sewn together using various rule-based systems that determine mark making and composition, generally creating color field-like abstractions. Various aspects of the weaving process along with sewing and stretching become gestures in themselves, the artist's hand present in an otherwise standardized industrial process. Using only canvas as the entirety for the composition, Cook hopes to engage with narratives of abstraction, scale, logic, color, beauty, and the post-modern problem of what can still be done with a blank canvas.

Ethan Cook (b. 1983, Texas, USA) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Andersen's, Copenhagen (2019), Philipp Zollinger, Zurich (2019), T293, Rome (2019), Gana Art, Seoul (2018), Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke (2018) and Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles (2018).

My work furthers the trajectory of flatness started by Manet.

Ethan Cook

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Bands, T293, Rome, Italy

    Solo Presentation, Art Brussels, with Patrick De Brock Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

    Sets, Galerie Philipp Zollinger, Zurich, Switzerland

    Fields, Andersen’s, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2018

    The Neutral, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Propositions, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Ethan Cook, Gana Art, Seoul, South Korea

    Mysticism and Logic, Noire Chapel, Turin, Italy

  • 2017

    Decoy, Bill Brady, Miami, FL, USA

    Less Than Zero, Sunday-S Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2016

    Shakespeare, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • 2015

    De Beauvoir Crescent, T293, Rome, Italy

  • 2014

    Problem in Chair Not in Computer, American Contemporary, New York, NY, USA

    Ethan Cook, Bill Brady, Kansas City, MO, USA

  • 2013

    Felman, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France

    lobstee, Rod Barton, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Frieze LA, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Frieze NY, with Anat Ebgi, New York, NY, USA

    Art Dubai, with Andersen’s Contemporary, Dubai, UAE

    TEFAF NY, with Gana Art, New York, NY, USA

  • 2018

    Winter Show, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan

    Moondog, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, NY, USA

    Art Brussels, with Patrick De Brock Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

    Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • 2017

    Sagra ARTDATE, The Blank Contemporary, Bergamo, Italy

    Art Toronto, with Anat Ebgi, Toronto, Canada

    Dallas Art Fair, with Anat Ebgi, Dallas, TX, USA

  • 2016

    Miranda, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • 2015

    Arcitectura e Archelogio, Fondazione 107, Torino, Italy

    The Politics of Surface, Berthold Pott, Cologne, Germany

  • 2014

    Ethan Cook, Sam Falls, Emanuel Rohss & Tris Vonna-Michell, T293 in-residence at Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

    The Go-Between, National Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

    173 E 94th St / Chausee de Waterloo 550, Paul Kasmin at Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgium

    Infinitude, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Picture/Painting/Object, Gallery Albert Baronian, Brussels, Belgium

    Difference and Repetition, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

    Stitched Up, S2, London, UK

    The Go-Between, Sprovieri, London, UK

  • 2013

    Space Whole Karaoke, Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgium

    Equilibrium, Ritter/Zamet, London, UK

    Xtraction, The Hole, New York, NY, USA

    This is the story of America, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

    Imago Mundi, Curated by Diego Cortez, Venice, Italy

    Pattern Recognition, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Shake Shack Guggenheim, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2012

    Dreamtigers, Ed. Varie Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    MADE WITH MUSTARD, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, NY, USA

    Floor Routine, Bodega, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    MATTERDADDY, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA

    Black Foliage, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD, USA

    Slowed & Throwed, Chinatown Arcade, New York, NY, USA

    Tlk Drty, Amstel 41 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    The Big Stink Moves Like a Moth Towards the Light, Hungryman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

    Rooms Within Rooms, Apache Projects, Anafi Island, Greece

    Brucennial 2012, BHQF, New York, NY, USA

    Alchemy, Harvester Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA

    FFA, Space Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

  • 2011

    What Brings The Dust Together, New Gallery London, London, UK

    Nom de Guerre, Youth Group Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Refractions, Place Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    All the Tired Horses in the Sun, How am I Supposed to Get Any Riding Done?, EOC Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Issue Project Room (Benefit), Industria Superstudio, New York, NY, USA

    NurtureArt (Benefit), Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, USA

  • 2010

    Black, White and Read All Over, Envoy Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    It Is What It Is, Envoy Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2009

    Works, Do Right Gallery, Marfa, TX, USA

Selected images