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Emma cc Cook: the Company

Emma cc Cook: November 6–December 18, 2021


Adams and Ollman is pleased to present The Company, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Emma cc Cook. Working entirely in monochrome, Cook reveals a world where individual and collective memory collide with history and geography, revealing secret narratives, forgotten truths, and newly forming futures.

In Cook's mottled, shape-shifting environments, horizons blur, often distinguishable only by subtle changes in texture, while figures and symbols emerge from darkly cast undulating pastoral fields, disrupting the pictorial plain. Female figures, candelabras, symbolic gates, and newspaper headlines dot a landscape reminiscent of the American agricultural midwest, with orderly parcels of land, barns, and towering pylons. Sometimes cartoonish, sometimes unsettlingly wrought, these graphic vignettes function like the artifacts of a visual archaeology of place, intimating darker histories and hushed words. We see a newspaper clipping, illegibly narrating some past event or related memory; a progression of shovels, slowly entering the ground in rhythmically arranged frames across a field of unspecified crops; a marble bust resting glibly over the head of some dreamer, exhausting, perpetual, like some nostalgic zombie. 

Through her paintings, Cook weaves worlds that reflect a comingling of space with bodies in physio-historical imaginative projections that blur the line between what is present and past, here and gone, known and unknown, personal and collective. They exist somewhere in between being and becoming, beckoning a world that is not yet formed, caught in contemplation of what could be. 
 

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Pastoral II

Emma Cook

Pastoral II, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

21 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

54.61h x 36.83w cm

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EC003 pastoral iii

Emma Cook

Pastoral III, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

21 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

54.61h x 36.83w cm

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EC004 pastoral iv

Emma Cook

Pastoral IV, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

76h x 56w in

193.04h x 142.24w cm

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EC005 pastoral v

Emma Cook

Pastoral V, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

76h x 56w in

193.04h x 142.24w cm

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Emma Cook
Bean, 2021
mahogany, ink on paper, steel
35h x 4w x 3 1/2d in
88.90h x 10.16w x 8.89d cm
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Pastoral II

Emma Cook

Pastoral II, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

21 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

54.61h x 36.83w cm

EC002

EC003 pastoral iii

Emma Cook

Pastoral III, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

21 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

54.61h x 36.83w cm

EC003

EC004 pastoral iv

Emma Cook

Pastoral IV, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

76h x 56w in

193.04h x 142.24w cm

EC004

EC005 pastoral v

Emma Cook

Pastoral V, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

76h x 56w in

193.04h x 142.24w cm

EC005

Emma Cook
Bean, 2021
mahogany, ink on paper, steel
35h x 4w x 3 1/2d in
88.90h x 10.16w x 8.89d cm
EC006
 

EC2021002 pastoral II

Emma Cook

Pastoral II, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

21 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

54.61h x 36.83w cm

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EC003 pastoral iii

Emma Cook

Pastoral III, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

21 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

54.61h x 36.83w cm

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pastoral iv

Emma Cook

Pastoral IV, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

76h x 56w in

193.04h x 142.24w cm

EC004

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Pastoral V

Emma Cook

Pastoral V, 2021

oil, acrylic, upholstery, walnut

76h x 56w in

193.04h x 142.24w cm

EC005

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Emma Cook
Bean, 2021
mahogany, ink on paper, steel
35h x 4w x 3 1/2d in
88.90h x 10.16w x 8.89d cm
EC006

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Emma cc Cook (b.1989 Minneapolis, MN) lives and works in Austin, TX, USA. Cook graduated with a BFA in painting from University of Minnesota and studied classical realism at the Angel Academy in Florence Italy. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibition Milkman Pigeon, Half Gallery, New York, New York, 2021; group exhibition Resting Point of Accommodation, Almine Rech, Brussels, Belgium, 2021. Select residencies include New York School of the Arts at Vytacil and Campos de Gutierrez in Medellin, Colombia. Emma received the MSAB grant, the Carter Prize in Painting and the Gay M. Grossman Memorial Scholarship.