Garrett J. Cook
Born in a suburban town north of Boston, MA, Garrett Cook found his love of painting and drawing at a very young age. It wasn't until he moved to New York City in , however, that his love grew into an obsession. The manic sprawl of the city and the unending swell of passion and creativity drove Cook to jump head first into the city's art world. Painting on rooftops, in cramped apartment bedrooms, and on the sidewalk, inspiration could be found just about anywhere. After enrolling in The New York Academy of Art in 2012, Cook was introduced to a refined method of art making, and studied anatomy, perspective, old masters techniques, and proper color theory, propelling his work to a new level of finesse. Cook now paints out of his studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In my practice, I aim to find a suitable way to bridge the gap between paradigmatic academic art history and the separatist attitude of Modernism. I create a visual paradox, a dynamic relationship between convincing illusion and the artifice of surface. This involves constantly building up and destroying, and attempting to get a true sense of what it is I'm trying to depict versus what physical paint can do to aid that sensory note.
These images are often constructions, nostalgic and based on memory, photographs, and perception. To tap into the fuzziness and unreality of memory I depict illusionistically sound environments that invoke a feeling of effort and familiarity while ultimately being rooted in the fact that they are fabrications. The two-dimensional medium of painting allows me to "trick" the viewer into believing that they are witnessing a real thing or memory while maintaining a surface tension that is irrefutably false.