Ignoratia from 'Kalar Midday' series, 2004
Born in Sydney in 1970, Brook Andrew now lives and works in Melbourne. He has exhibited regularly with Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; Stills Gallery, Sydney; Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide and is now solely represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Brook Andrew's work incorporates many different artistic styles. Largely photographic in origin, his work encompasses installation, architecture, public art and landscape design. His works are beautifully striking, contemplative and inspiring creations that markedly challenge our conceptions of ourselves, our environment and our ideas of what an art work should say and what an artist's role is. Beneath Andrew's seemingly obvious amalgamation of text and image with its bright, flashy show-man style of contemporary brilliance lies a more heavy, intellectually imbued message. Andrew seems to seduce his viewer with his alluring aesthetics and when seduced, the viewer is thrown amongst a political revelation of race, history, environment and nature and/or challenged with a complex conceptual engagement with art and these subjects.
Stills Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004
Another example of this image is in: M Delany, N Papastergiadis, M Riphagen, B Andrew, G Barlow, A Loxley, L Russell, 'Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye' exhibition catalogue, MUMA, Melbourne, 2007 (illus. p. 22)
"The kookaburra is a museum object, a once-living bird, captured for the institution to ensure a complete display of bird species, and stuffed by a taxidermist. Andrew has re-invented the display bird, hiding its approved museum status as a representative of its species, and endowing it with a flicker of existential drama in the mirror-image arrangement. The two birds convey the dilemma of self and the other: is it possible for the self to know the other? Is the other always only a reflection of the self? In Andrew’s theatre of dreams, they are fated to face away from each other, silent and still." (M Langton, 'Brook Andrew: Ethical portraits and ghost scapes', NGV, 2008)