"It is always a pleasant surprise to find thought-provoking Contemporary Art when visiting a seaside town, especially when you are expecting to find the all too familiar sleep-inducing seascape offerings. One such space to see art that is challenging and current is OneWay Gallery in Narragansett, Rhode Island," writes art critic, D. Dominick Lombardi.
" Stephen’s new August solo show, titled Automatic, captures his approach to art and movement and his philosophy that death is an “automatic” result of being born, and reveals a connection to the automatic drawing of the Dadaists and Surrealists," writes reporter Amanda M. Grosvenor.
"Through clouds of charcoal, sloshing currents of glue and ink, Cook’s paintings emerge. They are devotions to remembered things: stretched, wrangled, poured and lassoed into quivering exposés of what-was and what-cannot-be. "Automatic?" Sure, but hardly thoughtless. When you enter these paintings, feel your way through," writes art journalist Alexander Castro.
"Regardless of locale, gallerist Stephen Cook has carved out a space for the state’s younger and emerging artists. Graffiti, cartoons, pop cultural influence along with a tone of distinct irreverence are often present, as are abstractions both frenzied and fluid," writes Alexander Castro.