May 19 – June 20, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, May 21 from 7 – 9 pm.

Hamiltonian is pleased to present a new body of work by artist Larry Cook. The exhibition will run from May 19 – June 20, 2015 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 21 from 7 – 9 pm.

Stockholm Syndrome, a psychological term in which a person taken captive begins to identify and empathize with their captor, is re-defined in Larry Cook’s exhibition as a form of cultural amnesia in which contemporary Americans have maintained a complacent and subdued conscience by idealizing and avoiding America’s racist history. Stockholm Syndrome challenges viewers to revisit the past and consider the evolved nature of racism today, while questioning the notion of progress in a so-called “post-racial” society.

In Stockholm Syndrome, Cook poignantly investigates how slavery, religion and politics directly affect notions of identity, progress and racial bias in American culture today.  Through a variety of media including re-appropriated sound, text and imagery, Cook challenges his viewers to consider an alternative narrative, one that instigates a confrontation and reevaluation of their potential racial biases.

Larry Cook received his MFA from George Washington University in 2013. A 2013 Sondheim finalist and Hamiltonian Fellow, he has been included in various group shows including Ceci n’est pas une T.V. at the Fine Art Gallery at The George Mason University (2015); the Trawick Prize Finalist Exhibition at Gallery B (2014);Academy 2013 at CONNERSMITH. and Artist Citizen at Hemphill Fine Art (2012). Cook has also had solo presentations(e)merge art fair (2014), Stamp Gallery (2014) and Pleasant Plains Workshop (2013). A native of Landover, MD, Larry has taught Photography at The George Washington University, American University and is currently an art teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.

Contact Gallery Director Amanda Jirón-Murphy with all press inquiries and image requests: amanda@hamiltoniangallery.com