The Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art

Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico

September 11 – October 17, 2014

Michael Cook’s art making practice broadly explores the understanding of landscape and visual perception in a variety of media and from diverse perspectives. Throughout his work Michael Cook has conflated painting pictorial conventions and practice to question their distance from authentic experience. This work and other projects have explored the definition of landscape. Expanding the understanding of ” landscape” beyond the literal image of geography has been at the core of his concerns by employing a method of visual semiotics. As Kathleen Stewart Howe wrote in her essay on the exhibition Veneer, “What are the conditions under which objects become visible in culture? What is the personal and human significance of those visual manifestations? These are questions Cook has pursued in his paintings since the bubble chamber paintings of the late 1970’s.”