Cox reveals the tensions existing between the individual and society in relation to internalized belief systems. He puts the viewer in the position of a consumer in an urban landscape laden with decaying posters and propaganda which focus on contemporary issues revolving around racial politics in Western society, the oppressed oppressor, queer culture, the value of institutionalized learning, and capitalism. Humor is often used as a tool to address these ideas. Medium techniques such as painting, digital corruption, gel transfers, printmaking, and the history of abstraction are used to as a way to explore & discuss these topics. Figures, gestures, personal history, and inanimate objects operate as subversive, ironic, or paradoxical symbols within a narrative meant to engage the viewer to question established orders of values and morals, particularly surrounding Black culture.
Brandon Coley Cox, aka BCOX, is an award-winning emerging artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Cox was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned a BFA in Printmaking with a minor in Painting/Drawing from The University of the Arts in 2008.
Cox is currently wrapping up his fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in Times Square. He recently had his 1st Solo Exhibition in the heart of SoHo, has shown at Russell Simmons' gallery Rush Arts in Chelsea and St. Cecilia's in Brooklyn. Cox also attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2009 and has work in several permanent collections including the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC, the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, The International Print Museum in Southern California, and the Museum of Paper & Watermark in Fabriano, Italy.