painting, abstract art

Paul Cowan

United States 1985

Minimal Art, Abstract Art, Painting

Paul Cowan
Paul Cowan
United States
February 10, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Paul Cowan is a Contemporary artist born in 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, who makes painting-like objects that allude to and upend painterly conventions. Drawn from the worlds of commercial signage and fine art, his hybrid objects often feature enamel, rather than paint, applied to canvas. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and his BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2007.

For one body of work, Cowan hired professional sign-makers to make simple gestures, squiggles, borders, and scalloped lines, in primary colors on his works’ surfaces. Such marks, both utilitarian and painterly, question the boundary between functional and artistic painting. Other works involve monochromatic or patterned fabric in which the artist has attached a small fish hook. The glistening silver bauble attracts the viewer’s eye, serving as a literal and metaphorical hook—a prompt to consider the ways paintings ask for and command our attention.

Some exhibitions of Cowan’s work include Works and Phantom Limb at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 2012, Paul Cowan at Clifton Benevento in New York, 2012, and Caesurian Complex at Young Art in Los Angeles 2011.

YearName of the exhibitionsMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Paul CowanClifton Benevento, New York, NYsolo
2014Some RehearsalsGreen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIsolo
2014Paul CowanJonathan Viner, London, UKsolo
2014173 E 94th St. - Chaussée de Waterloo 550Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgiumgroup
2014UnknownCity Ice Arts, Kansas City, MOgroup
2014Duck SoupGalerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Swedengroup
2014The Next LevelAnnarumma Gallery, Naples, Italygroup
2014La Chose En CadréeSWG3 Gallery, Glasgow, UKgroup
2013Pallarel ProcssiengShane Campbell, Chicago, ILsolo
2013Paarllel PocressingYoung Art, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2013Comrades of TimeCell Projects Space, London, UKgroup
2013A Study in Midwestern AppropriationHyde Park Art Center, Chicago, ILgroup
2013Group ShowReMap, Athens Greece, group
2013Paul Cowan, Brendan FowlerShane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, ILgroup
2013Wassup PaintersAnat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2013Why Is Everything The Same?Shoot The Lobster, New York, NYgroup
2013Group Show247365, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2013Very New WorksDUVE Gallery, Berlin Germany, group
2013P&Co.Thomas Duncan Gallery, L.A., CAgroup
2012Paul CowanMCA Chicago, Chicago, ILsolo
2012New WorkMichael Jon Gallery, Miami, FLsolo
2012New WorkImportant Projects, Oakland, CAsolo
2012Persistence of VisionKavi Gupta, Berlin, Germanygroup
2012Everyday Abstract – Abstract EverydayJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2012First Among Equals (w/Alex Da Corte)ICA, Philadelphia, PAgroup
2012New Work (w/Sam Falls)Manifest Exhibitions, Chicago, ILgroup
2012Phantom LimbMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, ILgroup
2012Mise-En-ScéneYoung Art, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2012Hello? I Forgot My MantraClifton Benevento, New York, NYgroup
2011New WorkShane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, ILsolo
2011In Medias Res1dM, Chicago, ILsolo
2011Caesurian ComplexYoung Art, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2011Breaking The LawAlderman Exhibitions, Chicago, ILsolo
2011Cocktails (w/pplsft) Bodega, Philadelphia, PAgroup
2011StrawHannah Barry Gallery, London, UKgroup
2011Wax AppleBodega, Philadelphia, PAgroup
2011The New New ChicagoansCo-Prosperity, Chicago, ILgroup
2011Three Card Monte w/ Martine Syms & Marco BraunschweilerGreen Gallery, Milwaukee WI, group
2011Group Show (w/Amy Yao & Cameron Soren)Jancar Jones, San Francisco, CAgroup
2010Alla PrimaGolden Age, Chicago, ILsolo
2010Existence ValueRoots & Culture, Chicago, ILsolo
2010Permanent CollectionWhite Flags, with Golden Age, St. Louis, MOgroup
2010Permanent CollectionImportant Projects, with Golden Age, Oakland, CAgroup
2010The Corridor to SuccessThe Composing Rooms, London, UKgroup
2010Bad Sculpture w/ Hugh Scott-Douglas and Maxwell SimmerYoung Art, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2010New PaintingsNext Fair - Art Chicago with Proximity Magazine, Chicago, ILgroup
2010Holiday Primetime In MayPrimetime, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2010Agency at AgencyThe Agency, London, UKgroup
2010Kingsboro PresentsWest Street Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2010When did you begin calling yourself…Important Projects, Oakland, CAgroup
2010Causality Without Cause (w/Matt Stolle)Devening Projects, Chicago, ILgroup
2009Muse About Certain MotifsSUNY Purchase College/Bulletin Board Program, Purchase, NYsolo
2009Existence ValueJettison Space, Chicago, ILsolo
2009You Can Build A HouseThe Pigeon Wing, London, UKsolo
2009At Them Not Through Them w/ Michael HunterKnock Knock Gallery, Chicago, ILsolo
2009Semi-AutomaticInterview Magazine - Mondrian Hotel, Miami, FLgroup
2009Brâncusi, Moore and SwayzeProject Space, Toronto, ONgroup
2009Reconnection: New Sculpture and PaintingAlumni Exhibit, MIAD, Milwaukee, WIgroup
2009Art Chicago / Next FairChicago, ILgroup
2009Either Both/And Or Neither/NorScott Projects, Chicago, ILgroup
2008Poster Market InternationalThe Suburban, Oak Park, ILgroup
2008TomorrowVega Estates, Chicago, ILgroup
2008Poster Market InternationalBlank Space, New York, NYgroup
2007You Can Depend On The SunriseThe Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WIgroup
2007Would You Know My Name If…Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WIgroup