Brett Cook, A Cesar Chavez Power Figure (From A Collaboration for Peace and Mindfulness, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin California 2004)
About the Show
Guerrero Gallery is pleased to announce Supernatural, a new exhibition by Brett Cook. Cook documents individual and collaborative transformation to promote awareness and celebrate the interconnectedness of all things. His creative practice includes crafting artifacts and experiences that reflect varied influences from art, education, and esoteric traditions. Supernatural features new and evolving installations from Cook’s public practice, altar-like assemblages, and works on mirror created from his ongoing study of nonviolence.
Supernatural includes new works picturing Arundhati Roy, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Julia Butterfly Hill and Thich Nhat Hanh that were originally drawn and colored by hundreds of hands at collaborative events in California and New York City in 2002 and 2004. The artifacts of these events have since been embellished by Cook with a wide array of media, including documentary photographs, medicinal plants, LED lights, and reflective paper. The inclusion of diverse sensibilities and symbols – from poinsettia flowers and brooms to the five elements – invites viewers to explore the similarities underlying ostensibly disparate cultural expressions and celebrate the interconnectedness of all things in their process and product.
At the opening celebration, Bay Area/New York City based Trust Your Struggle (TYS), a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism and artist/educator Evan Bissell will collaborate with Cook on a site-specific wall piece that is the culmination of a two-week retreat focused on studying the divinity of collaboration. Eco Chef/Author/Food Justice Advocate Bryant Terry will also be present for the social collaboration.