Tony Cokes is a post-conceptualist whose practice foregrounds social critique. His video, installation, and sound works recontextualize appropriated materials to reflect upon our production as subjects under capital. His recent projects often take the form of text animations with sound functioning as a constitutive, intertextual element, complicating the visual. Cokes' works have appeared in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA, and La Cinematheque Francaise, Paris. His numerous media festival screenings include Oberhausen Short Film Festival (1993, 2005), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2001 2006, 2009 - 13), Seoul Film & Net Festival (2005), and Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid (2003 - 2013). Cokes' projects have been supported by grants and fellowships from The Rockefeller Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts. For the 2008-9 academic year he was a Resident Scholar / Artist-in-Residence at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA. In spring 2014 Cokes was a Residential Fellow at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. Cokes is a Professor in Media Production and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, Providence, RI.
The Gray Center is kicking off the fall with a new edition of SIDEBAR. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and conversation with artist Tony Cokes. The discussion will focus on current interests within Coke's practice, which locates itself at the intersection of conceptual art, theory, politics, and pop-music. The conversation will be moderated by Gray Center curator Zachary Cahill.