Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew, Flowchart (detail) 2011, rare postcards, sapele and neon, 283 x 449.5 x 8.5 cm. Image courtesy the artist


Profile: Brook Andrew

Brook Andrew is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Incorporating traditional studio practices with optical patterns, historical documents and traditional design elements, and language drawn from his Wiradjuri heritage, Andrew’s practice broadly critiques power structures and the representational paradigms that underpin colonialism, unravelling its legacies in the realm of contemporary culture. Using historical documents as a form of ready-made, Andrew shares an ambivalent relationship with the concept of the archive.  Apart from drawing  inspiration from public media and found archival collections, Andrew travels nationally and internationally to work with communities and museum collections to comment and create new work reflecting objects, concepts and local thought.

[Andrew’s] work with archival material has created debate and new thought surrounding contemporary philosophies regarding memory, its conceptual and visual potency linking local with international histories. By co-opting the tools of advertising, the media, museums and Wiradjuri language and culture, Brook Andrew’s art challenges the limitations imposed by power structures, historical amnesia, stereotyping and complicity. [1]

In 2007-2008 the first major survey exhibition of Andrew’s works was held at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney; and The John Curtin Gallery, Perth. Titled Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye, the exhibition highlighted the scope of Andrew’s diverse practice, encompassing photography, printmaking, sculpture and neon installations.

Andrew’s research in museums and theme parks, particularly the collection from the Musee Des Confluence, Lyon and his exhibition THEME PARK at AAMU, The Netherlands in 2008–09, inspired one of his best known works, the (full-size) Jumping Castle War Memorial (2010) exhibited as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney in 2010. Andrew has recently completed a number of other important commissions: a portrait of Professor Marcia Langton for the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra  and a large-scale work The Cell commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. In 2011, Andrew embarked on concept drawings for a feature length animation titled Banjo with Imagi Studios, Hong Kong, who made the 2009 feature film Astro Boy.

…Andrew’s practice also reveals that while we often think of globalization as homogenizing cultures and meanings, individual perspectives remain diverse…it is [his] refusal to be didactic that underscores his maturity’. [2]

Andrew was the recipient of the Australia Council ISCP residency, NYC 2008–09, South Project at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo residency, Santiago 2006, Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship 2001. Publications include Future Images 2010, Theme Park 2008, Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand 2008, Eye to Eye 2007 and Hope and Peace 2005.

Brook Andrew是驻於墨尔本的多元媒材艺术家。其创作将美工技术与图腾历史文件和设计元素和Wiradijuri的族语结合,他的作品探讨殖民历史下的权利架构,并在当代文化中找寻其继承的脉络。将历史文本作为”现成物”的创作元素,Andrew挑战了归类归档这样的概念其中的矛盾关系。

這次的作品可算是Brook Andrew大型创作的一个缩影,取材自澳洲与其他广泛的殖民地文本这个作品试图在艺术家与其大量的历史影像与明信片搜藏之间做连结并诠释。Andrew将这些影像放大至真实比例,如舞台布景的立牌般装设在展览间中,观众依照指示方向穿梭其中。这麽一来Andrew利用历史人物与景象的装置创模糊了历史的必然性

[1] Laura Murray Cree, ‘Brook Andrew’, Artist Profile, Issue 11, 2010, pp. 50-59.
[2] Rawling, A., ‘Brook Andrew: Archives of the Invisible’, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 69, May/June 2010.