Emerging artist and photographer who’s already earned a reputation on the London scene, 22-year-old Michael Cox has dedicated his latest paintings to the transformations of the suburbs and housing projects of London.
Façades, walls, windows, stairways, courtyards of complexes like Robin Hood Gardens and Aylesbury, details of train and tube stops like Barbican Station recount the contingent dimension of architecture, its continual transformation driven by the passage of time, atmospheric factors and human intervention.
A building, whatever its purpose, is by its very nature a porous medium that absorbs its surroundings until being swallowed by them and transformed into something else: hospitals that become supermarkets, playgrounds that become parking lots, abandoned houses that are transformed into offices, in a continuum that constitutes the life of a city. All this takes place under the distracted gaze of those who inhabit these spaces, traversing them every day without seeing them. Cox's paintings are an invitation to look at them with a different and more attentive eye.
In a suspended and somewhat mysterious way, these urban fragments seem to be a stage where everything is immobile, waiting for someone to come and break the silence through action.