WILL COOKE
MIELE MAGIC
15 OCTOBER – 8 NOVEMBER 2014

Miele Magic is an ongoing study into the ways sensory experiences evoked by music can trigger and enhance nostalgic memory. According to the artist it is a body of work attempting to make the abstract, less abstract.   

Through an auditory-evoked dialogue, this body of work attempts to prove that by exploring varied forms of – and themes within – particular music, sensory experiences can be triggered. Making these works, Cooke’s desire is to harness these triggers and illustrate them through minimalist geometric forms, with each element linking one trigger to another.

To commence the body of Cooke trawled through his personal iTunes history arriving upon hardcore punk band Black Flag. Their gritty and pivotal sounds immediately evoked nostalgia from Cooke’s adolescence. It was this sensory experience that acted as the foundation for the artwork that followed. Miele Magic uses the band’s iconic logo comprising of four vertical black rectangles as designed by Raymond Pettibon as its core. Each painting refers to an abstraction of the minimal emblem in both palette and form. Cooke has intended that the relationship between each geometric form acts as a metaphor of the sensory experience sparked by the initial nostalgic memory.

Will Cooke graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2011 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons). He has shown in numerous group exhibitions around Sydney and has had solo exhibitions at The Tate, Glebe (2012), China Heights Gallery, Surry Hills (2013) and Alaska Projects, Elizabeth Bay (2014). In addition to these exhibitions, Cooke has undertaken numerous private commissions, notably an installation in Above The Clouds boutique in Darlinghurst and a multi-level foyer painting for residential apartment building ‘Stella’ designed by Tzannes Associates in Zetland.