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Monica Cook [Videonale 14]

* 1974 in Dalton, USA, lives and works in New York, USA
Studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, USA, School of Visual Arts Residency, New York, USA and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York USA


Exhibitions [selection]:


2012 Volley, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
        NothingSomething, New York, USA
2011 ACP Annual Public Art Commission, Atlanta, USA
        COLORIFIC, We Make an Art Rainbow, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
        FLUX Public Art Projects 2011, Atlanta, USA
        KROK Animated Film Festival, Traveled throughout the Ukraine, UKR
        Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen, DEN
2010 Eat Me!, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA
        YouTube Play Biennial, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin
2009 Seeded and Soiled, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, USA




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Volley, 2011, 6:06 min., Sound, Colour [Videonale.14]

In her slow-motion video “Volley” Monica Cook presents a scenario which, at first glance, is repulsive. The somewhat grotesque tale, with two two monkeylike creatures as its protagonists, tells of the cycle of life, love and death. In a neon-coloured, cavelike scenery a creature appears which, with its hirsute body, resembles an ape. The seduction motifs which follow lead to sexual activities and finally to the partner’s pregnancy. Images of a wolflike creature in a cruel dream-world appear as a contrast to these scenes of harmony. The belly of the pregnant creature grows and she finally gives birth. Violin music suggests intimacy and joy and involves the viewer in the scene. In the very instant that the male creature overcomes his threatening fantasies, happiness seems to be perfect and the traditional family picture is fulfilled. Before the scene ends, the camera shows a close-up of him and his beating heart. The imbalance between beauty and decay, love and rejection gives rise to a disturbing conflict of emotions in the viewer.

Sarah Voss

Monica Cook