Andrew Cooks

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and in the Ponds broken off from the sky VIII 2010 oil, metallic pigment & pencil on paper 60" x 120"
and in the Ponds broken off from the sky XI 2010 oil, metallic pigment & pencil on paper 71" x 80"
and in the Ponds broken off from the sky XI 2010 - detail
and in the Ponds broken off from the sky II 2009 oil, metallic pigment & pencil on paper 80" x 66"
a Blossoming panel 5 2008 oil, metallic pigment & pencil on paper 77" x 38"
Artist's Statement

Gardens are real & imagined, theatres of culture, nature & artifice. They investigate depth, inciting motion; unfolding in time.
Taking a dynamic, Baroque approach, I explore movement by layering & weaving complex space using garden designs, pattern, decoration & texture.
Scale discrepancy asks that mural size works be read as miniatures, urging the viewer to & from the surface.
Using a variety of marks to enhance illusions of space, trompe l'oeil &, flatness, time takes hold. As the eye explores convoluted space in 'real time', I play with ideas of past, present, future; the space 'in' the picture, flatness & a space projecting into the viewer's space.
Finally, I include figures at leisure to conjure being in an ‘imagined garden’, & text from poetry, prose & place names added to provoke further connective layers of meaning.
Focusing on space and time I aim to provoke memory.


Education: MFA, Victorian College of the Arts
Solo exhibitions include: Jewish Museum of Australia; Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park & Gallery, Melbourne; FMK Gallery Budapest; Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne.
Group exhibitions include: National Academy Museum, NYC; Wave Hill, NYC; International Print Biennale, Sapporo; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; McGrath Gallery, NYC; Liget Galeria, Krakow.
Collections include: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Arena Collection, Vienna; Topper Institute, London; Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne.
Awards include: Hungarian Ministry of Culture Scholarship, Budapest; Australia Council Project Grant; Dyring Award, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
Artist residencies include: Agora am Donaukanal, Vienna; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest; Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne.