B Shawn Cox

B Shawn Cox-Modulated Narratives of Heroes and Humor. Third Coast National Biennial 2020. K Space Contemporary

B Shawn Cox is a multimedia artist, juror, collector and curator based in Austin, Texas. Born in Lubbock, Texas with dusty ranching roots in far west Texas, his work explores themes of contemporary social mythology by reassembling modulated paper thoughts and visual icons. Cox has degrees in Architecture and Law but has maintained and developed an art practice for over 30 years. His vibrant and diverse art practice has been exhibited widely and was honored last year with a billboard as a finalist for Austin ARTBoards. A large-scale solo exhibition entitled “WESTWARD, FAUX!” opens in May 2021 in conjunction with the City of Austin. His work is in corporate and private collections across the United States.

Tell us about the work(s) you have in this exhibition.

B Shawn Cox-Modulated Narratives of Heroes and Humor. Third Coast National Biennial 2020. K Space Contemporary

modulated narratives of heroes and humor
31 1/2″ x 31 1/2″
paper
$3,500.00

“Modulated Narratives of Heroes and Humor” is modular origami constructions are metaphors related to the written word or printed image – the idea is distilled into a handmade component, repeated and reassembled in a variety of patterns and forms. As our society abandons paper and tangible media, the ephemera itself becomes the building block for narrative.

What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?

This piece is constructed from an abandoned comic book collection from a close friend’s childhood. Each book was cut into thousands of 3″ squares, which are then individually folded into a sonobe origami module which are linked and pieced together to form both “mountains” and “valleys” in a quilt like pattern.

What inspires you to make art?

B Shawn Cox creates to the calm light of pop philosophy with fragments of the written word and iconography from our collective social mythology. He finds meaning by creating works that resonate from his past but are transformed with the filter of urban life explores themes of contemporary social mythology by reassembling modulated paper thoughts and visual icons.

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