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 Incorporating traditional studio practices with optical patterns, historical documents and traditional design elements, and language drawn from his Wiradjuri heritage, Andrew’s practice broadly critiques power structures and the representational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 Using historical documents as a form of ready-made, Andrew shares an ambivalent relationship with the concept of the archive.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. 
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’. 
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.