Ethan Cook

Selected Works


Born in 1983, in Texas, Ethan Cook lives and works in New York City. Ethan Cook engages with material existentialism in his practice of woven canvas and more recently, of handmade paper. Each medium for Cook constructs a fresh take on the legacy of abstraction. Ethan Cook’s “paintings” are made up of swathes of woven color that exist to give color structure. Using stock colors of pre-dyed cotton, the artist weaves the cotton into the canvas on a four-harness floor loom. The woven canvas is then sewn together using various rule-based systems that determine mark making and composition, generally creating color field-like abstractions. Various aspects of the weaving process along with sewing and stretching become gestures in themselves, the artist's hand present in an otherwise standardized industrial process. Using only canvas as the entirety of the composition, Cook hopes to engage with narratives of abstraction, scale, logic, color, beauty, and the post-modern problem of what can still be done with a blank canvas. In turn, his handmade paper constructs a color field with pigment, earth material, and water. For Cook, the performance of making is at once meditative and intensely rhythmic. The grandness of the loom, with its thousands of moving processes and parts, generates a symphony of action that is both quick and unpredictable, developing a variety of idiosyncrasies like a pulled thread or skipped knot, producing a variety of textures that reveal that the works are indeed, handmade. In 2019, Cook began incorporating aluminum panels into his woven works, disrupting his strict adherence to textile as the sole medium in his practice. The aluminum provides a break in the texture allowing the eye to clearly see the difference between the painted panel and the hand woven cotton. These recent incorporations to his practice, alongside paper making and producing the actual canvas by weaving, are ways for the artist to subvert abstract painting and to do something radical within the confines of art making.

Gallery Exhibitions

Other Venues

Selected Press

Ethan Cook Applies His Minimalist, Abstract Style to Rugs for Hay
Where I Work: Artist Ethan Cook
Ethan Cook e Caroline Mesquita insieme per la nuova doppia esposizione di T293 a Roma
Ethan Cook Spins a Yarn

From the studio: Ethan Cook

Studio Visit

A visual diary of artist Ethan Cook's studio in Brooklin, NY.


Solo exhibitions


‘Family Tree, Loyal’, Stockholm

‘The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog’, Mier Gallery, Los Angeles
‘Chimera’, T293, Rome


‘The Made Body’, Gana Art, Seoul
‘Landscapes’, Nino Mier Gallery, Marfa, Texas
‘Figures’, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
‘Papers’, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
‘Associated Bodies’, Half Gallery, New York
‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


‘Papers’, T293, Rome
‘Arenas’, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles


‘Fields’, Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen
‘Sets’, Galerie Philipp Zollinger, Zurich
‘The Bands’, T293, Rome


‘Mysticism and Logic’, Noire chapel, San Sebastiano, Turin
‘Ethan Cook’, Gana Art Hannam, Seoul
‘The Neutral’, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
‘Propositions’, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles


‘Less Than Zero’, Sunday-S Gallery, Copenhagen
‘Decoy’, Bill Brady, Miami


‘Shakespeare’, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles


‘De Beauvoir Crescent’, T293, Rome


‘Problem In Chair Not In Computer’, American Contemporary, New York
‘Ethan Cook’, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City


‘Felman’, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris
‘lobstee’, Rod Barton, London

Group exhibitions


‘Ceramics Club’, White Columns, New York
‘Group presentation with Mier Gallery’, NADA, Miami
‘Monuments’, Marfa International, Marfa


‘Shapes’, Alexander Berggruen, New York


‘Echo Chords’, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles
‘Under Glass’, Half Gallery, New York
‘Paper (and one on wood)’, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles
‘Summer group show’, Patrick De Brock, Knokke, Belgium


‘Ethan Cook’, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
‘Moondog’, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton NY


‘Sagra ARTDATE’, The Blank Contemporary, Bergamo, Italy


‘Miranda’, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles


‘Architettura e Archeologia’, Fondazione 107, Turin
‘The Politics of Surface’, Berthold Pott, Cologne, Germany


‘The Go-Between’, National Museum of Capodimonte, Naples
‘173 E 94th St / Chausee de Waterloo 550’, Paul Kasmin at Middlemarch, Brussels
‘Infinitude’, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
‘Picture/Painting/Object’, Gallery Albert Baronian, Brussels
‘Difference and Repetition’, Luce Gallery, Turin
‘Stitched Up’, S2, London
‘The Go-Between’, Sprovieri, London


‘Space Whole Karaoke’, Middlemarch, Brussels
‘Equilibrium’, Ritter/Zamet, London
‘Xtraction’, The Hole, New York
‘This is the story of America’, Brand New Gallery, Milan
‘Imago Mundi’, Venice
‘Pattern Recognition’, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York
‘Shake Shack Guggenheim’, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen


‘Dreamtigers’, Ed. Varie Gallery, New York
‘MADE WITH MUSTARD’, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton
‘Floor Routine’, Bodega, Philadelphia (three-person)
‘MATTERDADDY’, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas
‘Black Foliage’, Nudashank, Baltimore, US
‘Slowed & Throwed’, Chinatown Arcade, New York
‘Tlk Drty’, Amstel 41 Gallery, Amsterdam
‘The Big Stink Moves Like a Moth Towards the Light’, Hungryman Gallery, Chicago
‘Rooms Within Rooms’, Apache Projects, Anafi Island, Greece
‘Brucennial 2012’, BHQF, New York
‘Alchemy’, Harvester Gallery, Hudson
‘FFA’, Space Gallery, Portland, US


‘What Brings The Dust Together’, NewGallery London, London
‘Nom de Guerre’, Youth Group Gallery, New York
‘Refractions’, Place Gallery, New York
‘All the Tired Horses in the Sun’, How am I Supposed to Get Any Riding Done?, EOC
Gallery, New York
‘Issue Project Room (Benefit)’, Industria Superstudio, New York
‘NurtureArt (Benefit)’, Chelsea Art Museum, New York


‘Black, White and Read All Over’, Envoy Gallery, New York
‘It Is What It Is’, Envoy Gallery, New York


‘Works’, Do Right Gallery, Marfa