Impression № 040e: Avatar #1 – Krishna

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Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who embraces and joins a variety of media to produce several thematic series of work. A 2008 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting, Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. He exhibits his work nationally and is featured in many prominent collections. He is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans [www.jonathanferraragallery.com], Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia [www.pentimenti.com] and Packer /Schopf Gallery in Chicago [www.aronpacker.com].

His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Impression № 040d: Daisy Bracelet

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Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who embraces and joins a variety of media to produce several thematic series of work. A 2008 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting, Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. He exhibits his work nationally and is featured in many prominent collections. He is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans [www.jonathanferraragallery.com], Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia [www.pentimenti.com] and Packer /Schopf Gallery in Chicago [www.aronpacker.com].

His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Impression № 040c: Avatar #5 – Medusa

Matthew Cox gives us a little more insight into his inspiration:

In Heartthrobs and Avatars, 2011, I am transporting this technique to a new place using iconic heartthrobs from Pop culture such as Snow White and David Bowie and avatars from Eastern religion and Greek mythology such as Krishna and Minotaur. The possible visual imagery is rich, vast and exciting. This new move has also given me an opportunity to physically move out of the rectangle of the x-ray by extending the embroidery upward and outside of the frame.

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Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who embraces and joins a variety of media to produce several thematic series of work. A 2008 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting, Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. He exhibits his work nationally and is featured in many prominent collections. He is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans [www.jonathanferraragallery.com], Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia [www.pentimenti.com] and Packer /Schopf Gallery in Chicago [www.aronpacker.com].

His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Impression № 040b: Waterproof Watches

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Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who embraces and joins a variety of media to produce several thematic series of work. A 2008 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting, Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. He exhibits his work nationally and is featured in many prominent collections. He is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans [www.jonathanferraragallery.com], Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia [www.pentimenti.com] and Packer /Schopf Gallery in Chicago [www.aronpacker.com].

His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Impression № 040a: Avatar #2 – Minotaur

Dr. Hurley was delighted to find this brilliant work by Matthew Cox while doing some research on this newfangled “X-Ray” technology.

Matthew Cox tells our editors:

Redefinition of materials motivates me to create the embroidered x-rays. By joining the cold, blue, medically technical plastic of the x-ray with the colorful, decorative and tactile embroidery thread each is removed from its original intention and creates a new entity. Handling these media also gives me an opportunity to comment on the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art- by introducing labor over the quick, slickness of film.

Look forward to one of these brilliant images and a few more words each day this week!

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Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who embraces and joins a variety of media to produce several thematic series of work. A 2008 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting, Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. He exhibits his work nationally and is featured in many prominent collections. He is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans [www.jonathanferraragallery.com], Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia [www.pentimenti.com] and Packer /Schopf Gallery in Chicago [www.aronpacker.com].

His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

The Boy with the X-RAY Vision

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he boy sends away for a pair of glasses
that are supposed to allow him to see the bodies of the beautiful girls in school, Joanne Galino, Teresa Russell, even the nuns so mysteriously sexy in their dark raiment.

He’s been told these glasses are a gag, that they will not work, but he has faith, far more faith in this than in the afterlife.

They arrive one day in a brown box, and he takes them into his room, tears open the box and pulls out a pair like ordinary sunglasses, except with spirals around the front of the eyepieces.

No matter. He carries them to school, trying them on in homeroom, and there he sees they work, only too well they work, for they see past not only clothes but skin, straight to bone.

There is Joanne’s beating heart, Teresa’s liver, the skeleton frame of Sister Angelina. All around the room he sees blobs and bones, all the world’s inner parts exposed, kidneys, bladders, intestines coiling round and round.

He chucks the glasses into the trash, thinking, What a rip! Next time I’ll get the Sea Monkeys.

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James Valvis lives in Washington State. His work has recently appeared in Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Front Porch Journal, LA Review, Nimrod, Rattle, River Styx, and is forthcoming in Green Hill Literary Lantern, Hanging Loose, New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Night Train, Waccamaw, and others. His fiction has twice been named a storySouth Notable Story. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Web anthologies multiple times. His full-length poetry collection, How to Say Goodbye, is forthcoming.

His other contributions to Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.