MICHAEL COOK
Venetian
August 3 - August 28, 2011
Monday - Saturday or by appointment 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday, August 5, 2011 5:00 - 7:00 PM

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Venetian, an exhibition of recent paintings by Michael Cook. Three distinct groups of work will be presented: landscapes, clouds and abstractions referred to as “id.” The paintings challenge how we see by layering vertical hard-edged stripes over very subtle figurative abstractions. The vertical stripes function much like Venetian blinds on a window, to partially obfuscate and shield the view, both in a physical and illusory way by causing a multitude of optical effects that change based upon the viewer’s position and distance relative to each painting. Thus, forcing the viewer to look between the Venetian blinds and focus on the imagery below, to go beyond the optical effects of the blinds, making our minds and memories do the work to fill in the missing information and to provide a complete view. The painting technique combined with the specific location of the landscapes, as well as the daily news and advertising inspired imagery in the “id” series, provides a deeper conceptual underpinning for the work beyond the visual and optical exercises of actually seeing a physical locale. In this body of work, Cook combines place with object in a way that is aesthetic, yet provides a provocative snapshot of contemporary culture.

Michael Cook has had more than 20 individual exhibitions and his work has been included in numerous group shows in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cambridge and New York. His artwork has been extensively reviewed and included in many publications, private collections and the permanent collections of The New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, among others. Cook is a respected educator and lecturer and has held faculty positions at University of Illinois, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco Art institute. Currently, Cook is a Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico. He lives and works in the Albuquerque area.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an on-line catalog with an essay by Chip Ware, currently the Raymond Jonson Curator at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
 


Exhibited Work

Venetian (Mesoscale 9) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 9)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 6) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 6)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Id 6) Michael Cook
Venetian (Id 6)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetiain (Mesoscale 7) Michael Cook
Venetiain (Mesoscale 7)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian Center Michael Cook
Venetian Center
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian Pool Michael Cook
Venetian Pool
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Self) Michael Cook
Venetian (Self)
Gouache on paper
2008-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 3) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 3)
Gouache on paper
2009
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Id 2) Michael Cook
Venetian (Id 2)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Id 4) Michael Cook
Venetian (Id 4)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Id 3) Michael Cook
Venetian (Id 3)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Id 5) Michael Cook
Venetian (Id 5)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Id 1) Michael Cook
Venetian (Id 1)
Gouache on paper
2010-11
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 4) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 4)
Gouache on paper
2009
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 5) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 5)
Gouache on paper
2009
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian Id (Violets) Michael Cook
Venetian Id (Violets)
Oil on canvas
2010-11
48 x 36 inches
 
Venetian (Pale Mesoscale) Michael Cook
Venetian (Pale Mesoscale)
Oil on canvas
2009-10
72 x 48 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 1) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 1)
Gouache on paper
2009
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian Id (Yellows) Michael Cook
Venetian Id (Yellows)
Oil on canvas
2010-11
72 x 48 inches
 
Venetian (Violet Continent) Michael Cook
Venetian (Violet Continent)
Oil on canvas
2008-09
48 x 36 inches
 
Venetian (Orange Mesoscale) Michael Cook
Venetian (Orange Mesoscale)
Oil on canvas
2009-10
72 x 48 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 2) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 2)
Gouache on paper
2009
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian Id (Yellow Greens) Michael Cook
Venetian Id (Yellow Greens)
Oil on canvas
2010-11
48 x 36 inches
 
Venetian (Violet Mesoscale) Michael Cook
Venetian (Violet Mesoscale)
Oil on canvas
2008-09
48 x 36 inches
 
Venetian Manzano Michael Cook
Venetian Manzano
Oil on canvas
2009
72 x 48 inches
 
Venetian (Mesoscale 8) Michael Cook
Venetian (Mesoscale 8)
Gouache on paper
2009
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Venetian (Yellow Continent) Michael Cook
Venetian (Yellow Continent)
Oil on canvas
2008-09
48 x 36 inches
 
Venetian Socorro Michael Cook
Venetian Socorro
Oil on canvas
2009
72 x 48 inches
 
Venetian _2 (Cloud) Michael Cook
Venetian #2 (Cloud)
Oil on canvas
2009
48 x 36 inches
 
Venetian (Alamogordo) Michael Cook
Venetian (Alamogordo)
Oil on canvas
2009
48 x 36 inches
 
Instructions_ Orton Michael Cook
Instructions: Orton
Oil on canvas
1996
72 x 72 inches
 
Venetian Id (Blues) Michael Cook
Venetian Id (Blues)
Oil on canvas
2010-11
72 x 48 inches
 

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