Joni and Paul :
The Music of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon as

performed by
Anne Carpenter and Peter Calo  
With John Lissauer

Friday, Febuary 28th 8pm



Opening Reception :

Sunday, Jan.  19th, 3pm

The  recurring  themes  in  my  work  are  fragility, transparency, balance, weightlessness, and gravity. Each  work  yields its meaning  through the handling of the material;  fragile  materials  used  in  unconventional ways.  This work with glass focuses  on  the  inherent tension between its transparency as a light medium and its aggressiveness as a projecting grid.     



Michelle Cooke’s work imbues a keen sensibility for the physical integrity of her materials with rigorous attention to formal structure. The effect is a literal and powerful presence. Cooke lets the inherent properties of her materials— egg shells, parchment, steel wool, glass squares—create their own narrative within a framework of sensuous abstraction used to communicate deeply personal and poetic messages. 

Cooke’s work with glass slides, perhaps the signature statement of her style, offers insight into this approach. The glass installations convey a disarming directness and an immediate visual reference to the structural properties of light. At first transparent and virtually self-effacing, the wall-mounted glass squares create lyrical and tactile light effects of enormous evocative power, while at the same time the grid’s enigmatic formal structure subdues the aggressive echelons of projecting glass.


Michelle Cooke holds an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Her current work involves drawing, installation, and steel-mixed media sculpture. She lives and works in New York and Taos, NM. 




Master of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna, California

University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles

Horizon 6, 2018
pencil on Japanese paper
19.25 x 41.5 inches

Horizon 9, 2017
pencil on Arches paper
20 x 28 inches

Glass Study Drawing 5, 2012
pencil on handmade paper
24 x 24 inches




NY 10560

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