Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Frances Cox - A Studio Visit

I receive dozens of packets containing exhibition proposals each year. They sit in a box next to my desk, waiting for a day that I find some time to explore their contents. I've begun opening only a few in a sitting, which allows me to fully focus on the work and to consider the appropriateness of the content for the upcoming exhibition season at Gallery 180.

Well, Frances Cox sent me a proposal—back in March—which highlighted some of her new work. Being familiar with her imagery—I have a piece in my personal collection and have acquired another for the school's collection—I was intrigued to review the current paintings. After a review of the enclosed CD, I sent off an email expressing my interest and scheduled a future studio visit.

Well that meeting happened this morning... and it was refreshing. As I entered Cox’s new studio at the Greenleaf Art Center, I looked around the room and saw that there were some new things happening. Cox seems to be exploring some new color palettes as well as variations on her two-dimensional compositional format. She has begun creating some flat color areas, which offer the viewer a place to rest before moving on to explore the next area of pattern. And on some of her larger canvases, she seems to be playing with space to produce a three-dimensional, environmental quality. The work is evolving and it’s wonderful. Keep an eye out for an upcoming solo exhibition at Gallery 180 in 2011 or 2012.


  1. Fabulous work! I've added much complexity to my own work this year and am glad to see the work of another that's nearly as intricate.

  2. Chuck,

    Expression is so valuable and needed and appreciated in life. What full bodied work this is.