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Devin Cogger

Devin Cogger

Portland, OR

"Imaginative acts reveal themselves in the task of allowing descriptive language to characterize experiences of wonder and uncertainty."
I am a visiting artist from Portland Oregon and current candidate of the Artist in Residence Program in Bryan Texas. What compels me to paint is the idea that painting can serve as a platform for influencing language. Visual ambiguity is a critical characteristic of my paintings as it enables the work to oscillate between modes of abstraction and representation. My approach to rendering ambiguity involves a picture plane densely populated with bulbous biomorphic forms that appear to restlessly undulate, ooze, and squelch—their skittish nature enables them to resist being classified in terms of this or that, preferring instead to be identified as both and! Each painting becomes a visual proposition that invites for imaginative acts of interpretation to take place, prompting viewers to investigate, unlock, and navigate a variety of potential narrative pathways. I encourage viewers to figuratively dig through the pigment to excavate visual content, as a spelunker might navigate a subterranean space or cavernous abyss. It is my playful intention that these enigmatic spaces and biomorphic forms serve as equipment for exercises in verbal description and workbenches for creative language.
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