Semi-finalist

About Ray Cook

I'm a photographic artist exhibiting nationally and internationally since the late 1980s. Work interprets changing queer realities from stigma to legitimacy. More recently as queer culture has mainstreamed the work has become preoccupied with more broadly shared experience under late capitalism

Education

PhD GU

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2016 Money up front and no kissing, in “Fables of Change”, Month of Photography, Minsk, Belarus 2016, If you can’t say something nice about anybody, come sit next to me, Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, Brisbane 2014, Norman Rockwell’s grave or navigating uncharted seas by the constellations of oblivion in “Dusk to Dark” Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2014, Norman Rockwell’s grave or navigating uncharted seas by the constellations of oblivion in “Dusk to Dark”, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld 2013, Money up front and no kissing, in “Fables of Change” Krasnodar Centre for Contemporary Art (PhotoVisa Festival), Krasnodar, Russia 2011, Money up front and no kissing, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 2009, Money up front and no kissing, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2007, Oblivion, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2007, Not with a bang but a whimper, Red Gallery, Melbourne 2005, “….at first I was afraid I was petrified”, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2004, Not with a bang but a whimper, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2003, “…at first I was afraid I was petrified’, Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, Brisbane 2003, “…at first I was afraid I was petrified, Depot Gallery, Sydney 2002, The history of love, Gamma Space, Melbourne 2002, The history of love, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2001, The history of love, Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane 2001, The history of love, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Qld. 2001, The history of love part 1, Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, Brisbane 2001, The history of love part 1, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2001, There is going to be a big disaster, Gamma Space, Melbourne 2000, Bloody big photographs, Double Helix Art Space, Brisbane Cook R, 2000, Real love, Trevenen House Gallery, Brisbane Cook R, 2000, Real love, Tap Gallery, Sydney 1998, I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learnt to swim, Fox Gallery, Brisbane 1996, Been there, done that, Universal Joint Gallery, Brisbane 1995, The dark: artist in residence, the Rock and Roll Circus, Princess Theatre, Brisbane 1995, I have lost control again, Michael Bourke Gallery, Brisbane 1994, I am on my way, Tap Gallery, Sydney 1993, The tunnel at the end of the light, Wild at Heart Tattoo Studio, Brisbane 1993, The tunnel at the end of the light, Stronghold Leather Bar, Sydney 1993, Symbiosis, The Loft Space, Brisbane 1992, I am usually foolish, The Photographer’s Gallery, Brisbane 1992, Where is my husband, Gallery Opera, Bergen, Norway 1991, Bad luck: When my ship comes in I’ll be waiting at the airport, The Photographer’s Gallery, Brisbane 1990, Plague, The Photographer’s Gallery, Brisbane 1990, Fodder, The Photographer’s Gallery, Brisbane 1988, Untitled, Young Artist’s Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane Cook R, 1988, Ray Cook, The Photographer’s Gallery, Brisbane GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2015, Light, play: Ideas, optics, atmosphere, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 2015, Cast by the sun, Pop Gallery, Brisbane 2015, Cast by the sun, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2014, Cast by the sun, a prelude, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2014, Conversations with ancestors, in “Vital signs – artists engaging with the Australian lesbian and gay archives”, (cultural program of the AIDS 2014 International Conference), Blindside, Melbourne 2014, Just for the love of it, Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery, Southport, Qld 2013, Make up: painted faces in contemporary photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne 2013, Beer and loathing in Bris Vegas: a collaboration with Matt Dwyer in “Silver”, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane 2012, Polarized: Political photo-media in Queensland, Colour Factory, Melbourne 2012, Let me refresh your memory, Bleeding Heart, Brisbane 2012, New economy, Freerange Gallery, Perth, WA 2011, Shared visions, Academy of Art and Design, Galeria Stanko, Wroclaw, Poland 2011, Approaches, (14th Biennial of Photography), Centro di la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico 2010, Josephine Ulrich Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2010, The state we’re in: contemporary Queensland photography, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 2010, Synchronicity, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld 2010, Synchronicity, Redcliffe Regional Gallery Toowoomba, Qld 2010, Colour Blind, Art Factory, Brisbane 2010, Captured, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld 2009, Photo LA (Queensland Centre for Photography), Los Angeles, CA 2009, Approaches, Centro Andaluz de la Fotographifia, Almeria, Spain 2008, Selected photographs from the Daryl Hewson Collection, Queensland University of Technology, Art Museum, Brisbane 2008, Step right up, Albury Regional Gallery then touring regional art galleries along the east coast finishing at the Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane 2008, Photo LA, (Queensland Centre for Photography), Los Angeles, CA 2007, To be confirmed (Arc Biennial Exhibition), Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane 2007, Topsy, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2007, William and Winifred Bowness prize exhibition (winner), Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne 2007, Josephine Ulrich Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2007, Photo LA, (Queensland Centre for Photography), Los Angeles, CA 2006, The viewer and the viewed, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2005, Beyond Real (dressing up), Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 2005 Pride Show, Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, Brisbane, Qld 2005, Starry eyed, Art Gallery Schubert, Gold Coast, Qld 2005, Sleight, Redlands Regional Gallery, Redlands, Qld then touring Regional Centres 2004, Ladies and gentlemen, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane 2004, Reflections, Bryan Hooper Gallery, Sydney 2003, Celebrate, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2003, Jupiter’s art prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2003, Other Worlds, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 2003, Showtime, Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, Brisbane 2002, Josephine Ulrich Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2002, Jupiter’s art prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2002, Re-Identifications, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 2002, Toowoomba biennial acquisitive art award and exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld 2002, Itch, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2002, Beauty and violence, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, ACT 2002, Other worlds, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld, then touring regional centres 2001, Group, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2001, Jupiter’s art prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2001, Ready, set, go, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, Qld 2011, Erotica, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, ACT 2000, Josephine Ulrich Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfer’s Paradise, Qld 2000, Inaugural exhibition, BBA Gallery, Sydney 2000, The stars shine bright, Logan Regional Gallery, Logan, Qld 2000, Queer transgressions, Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, Brisbane 2000, Out and loud: a forum of gay and lesbian artists, Tap Gallery, Sydney 2000, The art of inclusion: recent Australian photography, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1999, The art of inclusion: recent Australian photography, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Qld, Toowomba Regional Gallery, Gladestone Regional Gallery Winton Regiional Gallery, Logan Regional Gallery, Qld 1999, Candid, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane 1998, Lip, sip, suck, Smith and Stonely Gallery, Brisbane 1998, Peepshow, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane 1997, Tangye and other flavours, Gilchrist Galleries, Brisbane 1996, Pre Millennial Tension, Universal Joint Gallery, Brisbane 1996, Kunswollen, Fortitude Gallery, Brisbane 1996, The power to move, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 1995, A swell party, Metro Arts, Brisbane 1995, Out and down, Tap Gallery, Sydney 1995, Sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras photography competition, Tap Gallery, Sydney 1995, Art from the heart: artists responding to HIV, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney 1995, Fearless, Gallery of the Australian Landscape, Brisbane 1994, Queer portraits, Metro Arts, Brisbane 1994, Reference points 3: recent Australian Photography, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 1994, Remain in light, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney 1993, Homage, world AIDS day, Ric’s, Brisbane 1993, Money = life, the Loft Art Space, Brisbane 1993, Macgregor photography prize, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld 1992, Lemons and other fruit, McWhirter’s Art Space, Brisbane 1991, A fall from grace, Options Pop Up Space for Pride Festival, Brisbane, Qld 1991, Queensland state of the art, Warana festival, Brisbane 1991, Out, The Photographer’s Gallery, Brisbane 1990, Vache, Art Site Gallery Brisbane 1989, Inaugural exhibition, Arch Lane Public Art, Brisbane