Today we’d like to introduce you to David Cox.
David, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Staffordshire, England, some 100 miles north of London. I studied graphic design and was lucky enough to be offered a position at a large adverting agency in Dubai shorty after graduating which is where I lived for 4 years. After a brief spell working in Rome I returned to the UK and setup home in London where I lived for 15 years.
For much of my time in London I worked as a freelance graphic designer but it is during this time I started creating art more seriously. I knew I wanted my art to be very graphic and impactful, not only in look but also in materials.
My background as a graphic designer helped me develop a truly unique artistic viewpoint, one that obscures the boundary between design and art.
When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2012 I was hit by the obsession of many people in LA to look beautiful, even if that meant going under the knife. This inspired a new direction and one I have been pursuing ever since. It’s been exciting, rewarding, well received and really fun. There is definitely social commentary within my work, especially the new work, but there is also a very playful side and I like walking this line.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m best known for my intricate works using surgical blades and medical supplies cast in resin. My work explores our visceral response to the world around us, confronting our fears and interpretation of beauty. It challenges our perception of objects in our lives and how they affect our emotions and preconceived ideas.
From a distance, many of my pieces consist of elegant and beautiful forms but upon closer inspection, they completely transform and surprise. The use of surgical equipment, especially scalpel blades and hypodermic needles, can initially unnerve the viewer because of our natural aversion to these objects. By incorporating these items in such an unexpected way, I rob them of their power to intimidate and a new meaning emerges, one of beauty, harmony and optimism.
In my ‘Bloom’ series, I created complex geometric compositions using surgical blades, hypodermic needles and other surgical tools cast in resin that resemble abstract blooming flowers. Encasing these objects in resin allows people to view these medical instruments in a protective setting, which both neutralizes their threat and intrigues. This gives the viewer a truly multifaceted experience.
Objects are often float mounted so they appear suspended in space. This leads to the creation of shadows, which shift and transform as lighting conditions change providing a different experience with each viewing.
My art is an extension of my life where order, symmetry, precision, curiosity, beauty, playfulness and a bit of danger are all daily necessities.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
For centuries, artists have incorporated social issues into their work. I believe this has increased in recent years, especially with the increase in urban artists such as Banksy. Personally, I like the escapism of art so tend not to incorporate world events into my art, you only have to watch the news, read a newspaper or go online to be bombarded with terrible events from around the world. With my art I like to introduce humor along with a big helping of curiosity.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The most immediate way to view my work is through my Instagram feed or my website. I also announce upcoming shows and art exhibitions via these outlets. I always encourage people to view my work in person when possible as it is often difficult to fully appreciate the intricacies via photographs. My studio is based in West Hollywood and studio visits are available by appointment.
Attending shows and ultimately buying art is the best way to support artists.