Michael Cook: Civilised - Art Collector

Michael Cook, Civilised #10, 2012. Inkjey print on paper, 87 x 100cm, edition of 8. Courtesy: the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

Complemented by a frontispiece and an epilogue, the 12 core images from Civilised depict Indigenous Australians in the period attire of the four European powers that visited Australia around the time of colonisation: the Dutch, Spanish, French and English. Any one of these nations could have become the ruler of this far-flung domain and Michael Cook’s works invite the viewer to speculate what might have been had a colonial power other than England been the eventual conqueror. Fashioned from Cook’s subliminal self, these works explore the contemporaneous European assumption that the original inhabitants of Australia were not civilised.

Opening: 12pm Sunday 9 December 2012
Exhibition closes: 22 December 2012
Location: Andrew Baker Art Dealer, 26 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
Contact: 07 3252 2292
Email: info@andrew-baker.com

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