(British, b. 1959)
Graphite, resin, and oil on coated paper
Support: Coated paper
Sheet: 102 x 72 cm (40 3/16 x 28 3/8 in.)
Gift of Bob Kaye 2004.109
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Old postcards and photographs serve as points of reference for Cook’s drawings of theaters that combine a painterly surface with a photographic aesthetic. The upper portion of Enticing suggests the interior of a Baroque theater with forms that resemble extravagant chandeliers and balconies. The foreground is a shimmering, fluid surface evocative of pooling water. The contrast between the representational and the abstract passages of the composition reflects Cook’s interest in both real and surreal imagery.
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