Department of Art: Visiting Artists Series
Date: October 7, 2008 Location: Miller 102
One of the Northwest’s most influential abstract painters, Cooke has investigated abstract imagery and the structure of painting for more than 30 years. Her new body of work explores a highly physical painting process, working on the surface of found aluminum plates, rubber, and wooden panel surfaces. Irregular in shape, sometimes staggered when assembled, Cooke’s work continues to cross the precipice between painting and sculpture. The split or division in the individual paintings reflect the artist’s ongoing formal process, as well as correspond with the artist’s personal perceptions of current politics. Cooke’s awareness of, and frustration with, the war is subtly made manifest within her dark, somber palette, use of rubber, and use of the black line throughout the work.
Judy Cooke received her degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the early 1960’s and moved to Portland in the late 1960’s. She was recently awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting from the Oregon Arts Commission.