Larry Cook

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Statement

Some of My Best Friends are Black
Some of My Best Friends are Black, 2014
I create work to challenge the viewer to think critically about the constructs of blackness. My chosen mediums are photography, video, installation, and text that examine identity, history, and cultural symbolism. My explorations are a means of interpreting the complex condition of Black Americans.

My artwork reflects my present ideas about the notion of a post-racial society while inviting the viewer to do the same. The artwork holds the attention of the viewer allowing them to consider my intent along with their own personal interpretations. This combination of direct observation and subjectivity creates a space in which the viewer can engage with the artwork. In fact, the work is activated by the presence of the audience. Through video documentation, stage photographic approaches, and the strategy of appropriation, the viewer is able to reevaluate their own potential biases.