Brook Andrew: SMASH IT

Brook Andrew: SMASH IT

Brook Andrew, Head (silver), 2018, ink, acrylic paint, linen, 127 × 186 × 5cm.

An exhibition of multidisciplinary work by MADA lecturer Brook Andrew, created through meticulous processes of archival research.

In SMASH IT, a title also referring to his video work in the exhibition, the artist presents a mix of video, neon, mixed-media painting and sculptural installation. Together the works question the perceptions of history and identity, and the narratives associated with primitivism and colonialism. This exhibition coincides with the artist’s participation in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Mami Kataoka. Brook Andrew’s presentation will be featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney on March 16 – June 11, 2018.

SMASH IT is a reference to the actions of the artist’s ability to interweave, reveal, research and disrupt the regular dominant narratives of our lives with both humour and serious questioning. These alternate narratives are fed to us through smashing together multiple discourses sourced from the Internet, television, newspapers to museums, our education systems and Andrew’s extensive archive collection. The artist has continuously discovered new ways to present alternative narratives often left in the dark, or unpopular due to complex layering of colonial or other drifting discourses.