While many artists in the late 1950's and early 1960's reflected elements of the poor urban metropolis, Zox was working hard to solve the problems of formal relationships through his early collage paintings, following in the tradition of Franz Kline and William De Kooning.
Building on this strong formal experimental foundation, in 1962 Zox introduced an extensive array of intense color and hues into his painting while retaining the illusion of collage, but now without its overt tactile effects. Based on a reordering of color and shape, Zox' innovative tonal combinations created a heightened and energized pictorial surface never seen before.
From his Diamond drill series and innovative Sizzor Jack images of the 1960's combined with iterations of the Niagara series over two decades (1970's and 1980's) we see the enormous power of color to bend, change and in some cases entirely obliterate the notion of shape.
Like many artists of his time, the importance of graphic media was not just seen as a desirable and popular alternative but as a necessity in experimentation. Through the use of linocut and the serigraph, in particular, the sharp geometric shapes and intense color translated well from painting to graphic media, making his images available to an extensive group of collectors.
His gift for color is clearly evident in the multiple series he continued to create over the next four decades in graphic media with key works represented in this exhibit.