Judy Cooke
Conversation: Aluminum, Oil, Rubber
New Paintings

September 6 - October 27, 2018

First Thursday Reception:
September 6, 6 - 8 pm

Artist Talk: 
Saturday, October 13, 11 am

One of the Northwest's most influential painters, Judy Cooke has explored abstract imagery and the structure of painting for over 30 years. The results of Cooke’s experimentation is work that hovers at the intersection of painting and sculpture, where she often engages with formalism, color field and materiality.

In her new body of work entitled Conversation: Aluminum, Oil, Rubber, Cooke continues her fascination with materials by embracing rubber and aluminum as the medium upon which she subtly sculpts or paints. The result is a richness of texture, form and color with mark making as a prominent element.  Other influences seen throughout Cooke’s work are references to literature, history and art history. Cooke’s work Tablet conjures a writing pad with lines of horizontally irregularly stacked squares, invoking the cut-out and rearranged visual style of Dadaist poetry.

Often working on multiple paintings at once, Cooke’s studio practice is a contemplative “call and response” of shifting visual conversations. She illuminates surface and materiality through re-contextualization, re-evaluation, additions and subtractions to her surfaces. Her restrained palette highlights materiality and mark making, while vibrant pops of color add unexpected surprise.

Judy Cooke majored in printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her BFA at Tufts University (Medford, MA) and a MAT at Reed College (Portland, OR). She has exhibited extensively, including a retrospective at the Art Gym, Marylhurst University (Lake Oswego, OR), and exhibitions at Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA). She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious grants, including the Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Art (Pasadena, CA), Regional Arts & Culture Council Visual Artist Fellowship Grant (Portland, OR), Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting (Salem, OR) and the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship. Her work is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), and Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), among many others. Cooke has been represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery since 1983.


Exhibiting Images:


Basin
oil, wood, wax
2018
23 x 18 x 2 inches

 
Question/Responce
aluminum, oil, gesso
2018
61.5 x 41.25 x 1 inches

 
Smoke
aluminum, rubber, oil
2018
58.5 x 24 x 1 inches

 
Gate
aluminum, oil
2018
16 x 17.25 x 1 inches

 
Pink
aluminum, oil
2018
14 x 10 x 1.5 inches

 
Spill/Time
oil, aluminum, wax
2018
10 x 10 x 2 inches

 
Red
aluminum, oil
2018
14 x 10 x 1.5 inches

 
Ember
oil, aluminum, wax
2018
9.5 x 14 x 1 inches

 
Detour
oil, aluminum, wax
2018
29.25 x 24 x 1 inches

 
Blue/Split
wood,oil,aluminum, wax, rubber
2018
3 x 61 x 2 inches

 
Tablet
aluminum, oil
2018
24.75 x 20.25 x 1.5 inches

  Blue
Blue
rubber, oil
2018
36 x 23 x 1 inches

 
Drawing
rubber, crayon, oil
2018
37 x 26.25 x 1 inches

 
Drawing 2
rubber, gesso
2018
22.5 x 17.75 x 1 inches

 
Small Black
rubber
2018
22.25 x 17.75 x 1 inches

 
Trail
rubber, acrylic, crayon
2018
96 inches