Matthew Cook's Looks
Fashion is more than something we assert monetary value to or wear, it is a way of expressing, identifying,and representing through having a bold reality. Matthew Cook’s art explores the aesthetics of his environment through showing the political “eleganza” of Saint Louis, Missouri. Conceptualizing race, gender, sexuality, and body image, the assumptions of these topics are the core of his work. Manipulating materials through intense draping, complex patternmaking, and quality construction balance the eclectic and vibrant choices of materiality. This provides a jarring juxtaposition where the aesthetics collide with power shown through unity in an everyday fantasy.