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Embroidered X-Rays by Matthew Cox

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011
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This is one of those mornings where we love the Internet. Seriously, how great are these embroidered x-rays by Philadelphia-based Matthew Cox? In a world of the occasional sameness, this is just a great original series. This is Cox' comment on the "ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art." (via)

Here is Cox's statement about the body of work:

Redefinition motivates me to create my embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. One tactile and labor intensive, the other technical, and quickly a finished product. There’s a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisanal, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. By simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined.

For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional. Finally, my own recognition of what is beautiful [these separately became appealing to me at about the same time]. As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-intensive projects, I am also reacting to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art – by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film.


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