Things to do in London

Exhibition review: Michael Cook: Broken Dreams at the October Gallery

13:09 12 November 2012

Michael Cook

Michael Cook's work is on show at the October Gallery.

Archant

Michael Cook, an Indigenous artist from Queensland, Australia is having his solo debut in the United Kingdom with Broken Dreams.

Michael Cook: Broken Dreams

Michael Cook: Broken Dreams is on at the October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3AL, until December 1.

The gallery is open from 12.30pm to 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free.

Call 020 7242 7367 for more information.

It is a series of 10 profound and seductive photographic prints featuring a beautiful young Indigenous woman who, after encountering Europeans, dreams of traveling to their world, eventually becoming disillusioned and falling victim to the shackles of colonialism.

Cook’s use of a redacted colour palette and scale emphasizes 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 are individual works from his photographic series, Australian Landscapes, Stickman, The Mission, Undiscovered, Segregation and Civilized.

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 25 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.

Cook’s work featured in the recent exhibition, unDisclosed: the 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, and he 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.

Michael Cook: Broken Dreams is an on-going collaboration between the October Gallery, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, the government of Queensland through QIAMEA, the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Things to do in London

Friday, February 5, 2016
Here at London24 we look this excited for pancake day (Picture: Getty)

Pancakes are amazing, but we’ve all had them with lemon and sugar. Here is our guide to London’s most unusual Shrove Tuesday offerings, from deep fried mars bar concoctions to ‘mancakes’. Eat up!

Monday, February 1, 2016
designmynight events for February

We have a rather eclectic mix this time around. From a David Bowie tribute, channelling your inner Roman gladiator.. and of course the Superbowl.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Four great ways to start your weekend

Check out these top London events from designmynight to help plan the perfect weekend

Friday, January 22, 2016
(Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Stuck for ideas about what to do on V Day? We’ve got an exhaustive list of what’s on in London - and if none of these ideas tickle your fancy, check our Alternative Valentine’s Day ideas.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Prosecco, lots of beer and Superbowl: some people's idea of heaven

Here’s our round-up of the best things to do in London from now until February 7th.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Are you at a loss as to where to go out this weekend? Or are you a PR intern desperately reaching for fresh ideas before your boss comes back from a boozy client lunch?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News