HALL OF MIRRORS
The portraits by Brett Cook featured in Hall of Mirrors, made with gold paint pen on black paper, depict artists and writers who inspired and enacted social change both through their artistic practice and their lives. Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Ghandi, Alice Walker, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama are just a few of the many influential people Cook has drawn in this series.
Cook’s early work, often displayed on abandoned buildings and in other public spaces, strove to create “public art” that gave voice to the community it resided in and the people who saw it every day. Though Hall of Mirrors sees Cook’s work moved into the gallery setting, the influence of graffiti and street art is visible in his use of spray paint as a favorite medium. With his recent paintings and drawings, Cook continues his efforts to give a voice to the underrepresented and celebrate others who have done the same.
The exhibition was on display January 23, 2004 – February 29, 2004.