Brook Andrew is a Melbourne based artist who works with neon, installation, photo-media, mixed-media, performance and video, using text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, consumerism and history.
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.
Recently exhibited as part of 2010 Biennale of Sydney Brook, Andrew’s ‘Jumping Castle War Memorial’ was inspired by his 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. Andrew has recently finished a number of commissions: the first a portrait of Professor Marcia Langton for the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; the second is a large-scale work ‘The Cell’ commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, toured Australia and New Zealand in 2011.
Brook Andrew was the recipient of the Australia Council ISCP residency, NYC (2008–09), South Project at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo residency, Santiago (2006), and 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).
General credit: Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.