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  • Michael Cook portrait © Jonathan Greet 2012
   

Exhibitions

Michael Cook, Broken Dreams #9, 2010.
Inkjet print (Epson UltraChrome K3 inks on
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White
310 gsm paper), 125 x 100 cm.

Michael Cook, Broken Dreams #10, 2010.
Inkjet print (Epson UltraChrome K3 inks on
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White
310 gsm paper), 125 x 100 cm.

MICHAEL COOK:
Broken Dreams

The October Gallery is proud to present Broken Dreams, an exhibition of works by Michael Cook, an Indigenous artist from Queensland, Australia.  Broken Dreams is Cook’s solo debut in the United Kingdom and is the latest exhibition in an on-going collaboration between the October Gallery, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and QIAMEA.

Broken Dreams is a series of 10 profound and seductive photographic prints featuring a beautiful young Indigenous woman who, after encountering Europeans, dreams of travelling to their world, eventually becoming disillusioned and falling victim to the shackles of colonialism. Cook’s use of a redacted colour palette and scale emphasises the poetic, ethereal dreamscape in which the young woman moves, always accompanied by the recurring motif of a brightly coloured Rainbow Lorikeet.

Accompanying Broken Dreams will be individual works from his photographic series, Australian Landscapes, Stickman, The Mission, Undiscovered , Segregation and Civilised.

Born in Brisbane of Aboriginal ancestry, Cook’s paternal family are Bidjara people from South-Western Queensland. He gained an international reputation working as a fashion photographer for twenty-five years prior to becoming an artist. Cook first came to notice winning a coveted Deadly Award as ‘Visual Artist of the Year’ at the 14th and 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awards in 2008 and 2011. A spectacular artistic debut has seen his limited but impressive body of work collected by major galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Michael Cook’s work featured in the recent exhibition, unDisclosed: the 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia.  Cook is one of a handful of Australian artists selected to exhibit at the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) which opens in December at QAGOMA, Brisbane.

Click here for a video interview with Michael Cook from Silvershots magazine

Click here for a PDF of the Michael Cook article from Silvershots magazine

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Opening night photos by Jonathan Greet are available to view here

Broken Dreams #1

Broken Dreams #2

Broken Dreams #3

Broken Dreams #4

Broken Dreams #5

Broken Dreams #6

Broken Dreams #7

Broken Dreams #8

Broken Dreams #9

Broken Dreams #10

Undiscovered #4

The Mission #9
The Mission Aboriginal in Mourning

Segregation - The Tram

Australian Landscape #7

Stickman #2

Civilised #13
   

Michael Cook Biography

Solo Shows
2012   Broken Dreams, October Gallery, London, UK
   The Mission, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne
2011 Uninhabited, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2010  Through My Eyes, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
Group Shows
2012   UnDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums and Art Galleries of
the Northern Territory, Darwin
    The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7), Queensland Art Gallery/GoMA,
Brisbane
    My Country: Works from Indigenous communities that celebrate their heritage, University of
Western Sydney Art Gallery, New South Wales
    Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
    SCAP 2D 2012: Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland
    o|mission, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
2011   Face Up: A Look at portraits from the collection, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
    Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2011, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
2010   15th Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Awards
2011   Winner, ‘People’s Choice Award’, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2011, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    Winner, ‘Visual Artist of the Year’, 17th Annual Deadly Awards—the National Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Awards
    Finalist, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2011, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    Finalist, Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery,
Queensland
2008   Winner, ‘Visual Artist of the Year’, 14th Annual Deadly Awards—the National Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Awards
Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Artbank, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
La Trobe University, Melbourne
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland
University of Western Sydney, Sydney
University of Wollongong, New South Wales
Alex Mackay Collection of Erotic Art, Brisbane
Corrigan Collection, Sydney
TEWRR Collection, Brisbane
The M Collection, Melbourne
The Owen and Wagner Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art, Chapel Hill, NC, USA



   
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