My artwork reflects my internal conflicts and my present ideas about representation in black culture. The work addresses American identity and its connection to history and pop culture. The artwork holds the attention of the viewers allowing them to consider my intent along with their own personal interpretations. Through video documentation, staged photographic approaches, and the strategy of appropriation, the viewer is able to reflect upon these topics through the use of cultural icons. Each piece is a conversation is it's own conversation, which collectively sets the stage to further the public discussion around representation of Blacks and Black culture in today’s society.
Larry Cook is a recent MFA graduate from George Washington University with a concentration in photography and video art. Cook grew up in Landover, MD and now resides in Washington DC. His work has been featured in shows at the Walters Art Museum, Hemphill Fine Arts, CONNERSMITH., and the Corcoran. Cook is currently represented by the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington DC. He is also, an Adjunct Professor of Photography at GWU and Washington College.