‘Whatever, Pizza: The Work of Gregory Scott Cook’ Opening Feb. 2 at Catapult

“Whatever, Pizza: The Work of Gregory Scott Cook” will be the featured exhibit in the gallery of Southeast Missouri State University’s Catapult Creative House when it hosts its First Friday reception from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 2.

The exhibition will feature the multidisciplinary and technology-based work of visiting artist Gregory Scott Cook, professor of visual communications at the University of Texas-Arlington.

Cook will present a lecture on his work and process on Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Catapult Classroom. Catapult Press will also host a workshop with Cook entitled “Digital Nomadism” on Feb. 2 from 1-3 p.m. The lecture and workshop are free and open to community members of all ages and Southeast students, faculty and staff. To register for the workshop, please contact Leah Powers at lepowers@semo.edu or (573) 290-5372.

Cook’s multidisciplinary installations speak to the contemporary nature of art in an environment that is increasingly digital and technology-based. Cook explained that his work explores systems of language, sound, writing, construction and design. It tends to dig at the guts of that old maxim, “as above, so below,” layers of connection informed by correspondence, change through time and distance, acceptable loss, brokenness and reconstitution.

Repurposing materials and real-world objects, Cook’s exhibition digitizes and reimagines ideas and moments as a manifestation of time, space and experience. Through the lens of relatable materials, the artist subsequently reconfigures both the ephemeral and the immutable. The result, as the artist says, becomes opportunistically formed sculpture or sound, and found objects, observed with totemic importance.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leah Powers at lepowers@semo.edu or (573) 290-5372.