Andrew Brook: The Cell

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Sunday 05 September 2010.

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Andrew Brook, who you may know as the creator of the psychedelic jumping castle shown at this year’s Sydney Biennale, has created another huge blow-up sculpture.

The Cell is some 12 × 6 × 3 meters, covered inside and out with one of Brook’s trademark Wiradjuri/op-art patterns. To enter it, visitors first put on a costume, also decorated in the pattern.

Brook’s works are pretty interesting due to the way in which he has optimized the latent optical effects of some traditional Australian Indigenous styles. By increasing the scale and refining the geometry he has developed one of the first conceptually-driven, pop, Indigenous styles.

Replicating the patterns of The Cell, visitors experience a disturbingly playful integration with the prison-like structure. The psychedelic impact triggers a sardonic reminder of the psychological warfare acted out on prisoners: where the aim is to disorient and subordinate a criminal’s independent personality to a satisfactory state of conformity.

Andrew Brook, born in Australia in 1970, is of Wiradjuri heritage. The Wiradjuri are a group of Indigenous Australians from central New South Wales. Australia’s appalling violation of Indigenous Human Rights will no doubt have informed the work. Australian Indigenous adults are 14 times more likely than non-Indigenous adults to be incarcerated, juveniles 28 times more likely. Sadly, the gap continues to grow. With stats like this it is little surprise that Australia is the only Western Democracy without a bill of rights.

To accompany the upcoming exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, the IMA and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (who commissioned the work) have released the book: Brook Andrew: The Cell.

The Cell includes an essay by curator Wayne Tunnicliffe (from the Art Gallery of New South Wales), and an interview with the artist. It retails at $20 AUD and is available online.

http://www.ima.org.au

http://www.brookandrew.com

http://www.sherman-scaf.org.au

The Cell (outside): 2010 vinyl with fan blower,
300 × 1250 × 600 cm production photographs,
Urban Art Projects, Shanghai, China
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia, 2010;
presented in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane,
Australia Courtesy the artist and Sherman Contemporary ArtFoundation
Photo: Roger D’Souza

The Cell (inside): 2010 vinyl with fan blower,
300 × 1250 × 600 cm production photographs,
Urban Art Projects, Shanghai,
China Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia, 2010;
presented in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Courtesy the artist and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Photo: Roger D’Souza

Image source: ABC Australia