Turning Tchotchkes Into Fine Art
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Turning Tchotchkes Into Fine Art

Turning Tchotchkes Into Fine Art

In his work, Cook makes everyday objects like teddy bears into large-scale reliefs. Credit Dustin Aksland Three years ago, the artist Ethan Cook began making large-scale woven works — muted and elegant monochrome pieces punctuated with blocks of color. Parts of each canvas were crafted by a machine, while others were made by a hand loom — a dichotomy the artist found fascinating. “You can see all of the mistakes as well as perfections,” he says. Those works served the basis for his 2014 show at American Contemporary in New York, “ Problem In Chair Not In Computer ,” named after a computing term for user error. The woven pieces were a commercial hit, earning Cook a new stable of collectors; a few pieces fetched more than $50,000 in auction. But — as seems to happen with Cook, 32, when he feels he has exhausted a certain technique — he had had enough. “I had done those woven pieces for about two years, and by the end of it I had fully explored what I had set out to do,” he says now. “I didn’t need to keep on […]

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