The paintings and sculptures in Benjamin Cosmo Westoby’s practice could be seen as exercises in describing light, shadow and form.
An element such as the width of a material becomes the starting point for his wall sculptures. He thinks of these sculptures as closed systems with an internal logic, as well as attempts at making a ‘necessary composition’. Through the works’ development, he is interested in how observing or disregarding aspects of these arbitrary rules aid the progression of a form.
A similar set of formal choices are reflected in his paintings. Working in series, he considers each picture as forming part of a ‘modular suite’. Paintings may be added, subtracted or rearranged within a group to create new combinations of images. He is particularly drawn to the possibility of an open-ended reading of the works within this system.
Benjamin Cosmo Westoby (b. 1984) studied MA Photography at the Royal College of Art, 2013-2015. He lives and works in London, United Kingdom.
2013 - 2015, MA Fine Art
Photography, Royal College of Art,
2006 - 2009, BA Photography,
University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
Brothers, Xxijra Hii, London 2022
Bring Your Own Beamer, Space Studios,
The Red Files, Schwartz Gallery, London
Show RCA, degree show, Royal College of
Art, London 2015
Exit Strategies, Filet, London 2015
Believe in Something Better, Aylesford
Street, London 2014
Carton Magazine, Numbered Editions, 2018
Sofa Magazine, Issue 2, Ricarda Messner,
Flaneur Magazine, Issue 5, Ricarda
Exit Strategies, Black Dog Publishing, 2015