MICHAEL COOK



Born 1953 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
The Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico studied at the University of Oklahoma (M.F.A., 1978), the University of Dallas (M.A., 1976), and Florida State University (B.F.A., 1975). During his residency (November 10-13, 1980), Cook worked with Gary Day and students William Zuehlke and James Hejl on a print containing patterns appropriated from photographs of the bubbles created by electrically charged particles traveling on helical paths through superheated liquid hydrogen placed in a bubble chamber and exposed to a magnetic field. The bubble chamber, invented in 1952 by Donald A. Glaser, the 1960 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, is but one reference to science and technology that Cook linked to contemporary weaponry and a culture of violence. The UNO print is similar to work later included in two NYC exhibitions—the "Disarm Show/War Games" at The Kitchen (June 1982) and "The End of the World: Contemporary Visions of the Apocalypse" at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1983-1984).




Incineration/This Is T.V.
1981; color lithograph; sheet: 22 1/2 x 30 1/8 (55.88 x 76.2); edition of 17