The sense of smell is closely linked to memory, affecting people’s ability to recall past events and
experiences. Artist Tony Cox shares a selection of his black and white photographs from the mid 90s
to early 2000s when he was living between California and New York. He explains, “sense was a big
thing then – the smell of eucalyptus trees, weed, nag champa, the stench of Canal St, the smudging of
sage…” Incense is both the literal smell that can trigger memory, but also something that disappears
and can’t be grasped, like the memories Cox captures in his photographs. Most of Cox’s images come
from his eighty-eight rolls of 35mm film that were stored for over ten years before being processed.
Tony Cox was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He spent 15 years of his life as a continental drifter, living
in California, New York and Spain. During this time he took photos, collected materials unique to their
origin and applied hand embroidery to create assemblages he refers to as "recycled relations." Cox recently
had his debut solo show "White Thrash Mystic" at 211 Elizabeth St in New York. He has also shown at
American Fine Arts, Deitch Projects, James Fuentes and Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico. Cox lives and
works in New York City.
“Incense,” photographs by Tony Cox runs March 19 through April 16, 2011, at Fuse Gallery, 93 2nd Ave
(between 5th & 6th Sts, 2nd Ave stop on the F), NYC, NY. The opening reception, on Saturday March 19th,
from 7 to 10 pm, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fuse Gallery at
212.777.7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.