Marguerite Van Cook
|(Colorist - Seven Miles a Second; Tales From The Crypt; Deadenders; Lucifer; Flinch; Gangland)|
|Marguerite Van Cook (nee Martin) is an artist, writer, musician /singer and filmmaker. She was born in England and now resides in New York in the Lower East Side / East Village. She attended Portsmouth College of Art and Design, Northumbria University Graphic and Fine Arts programs, BMCC, and Columbia University.|
Van Cook was the lead singer for The Innocents, UK Punk band, who toured as opening act for The Clash and The Slits on the “Sort it Out Tour.” After this group disbanded up she joined “Steppin’ Razor” an all female reggae band as the bass player and with them opened for Yellow Man at Harlem World. She continues to perform at downtown New York venues.
Van Cook opened and ran Ground Zero Gallery NY with her partner James Romberger in the East Village Art scene, from 1983-1986.Among the gallery presentations was the David Wojnarowicz show Mexican Diaries, which informed the video “A Fire in My Belly,” which sparked a controversy when it was removed from the exhibition Hide/Seek from the National Portrait Galleryin 2011. Under the banner of “Ground Zero”, the couple curated and produced shows at Danceteria, Max Fish and other downtown clubs. In 1991, She became the director of Elston Fine Arts. In 2003, together with Romberger she directed the Fine Art elements of the Howl! Festival,an annual festival of the East Village, which included public out door sculpture exhibits, gallery shows. In 2006, she became the director and producer of the festival.
Van Cook has presented solo and group shows and her work is in many major public collections. Van Cook has presented works as a performance artist. She was part of a collaborative group curated by Carlo McCormick, which included, James Romberger, David West, Marilyn Minter, David Wojnarowicz, Christof Kolhofer, Keiko Bonk and Luis Frangella. Together they painted installations in New York and in Virginia.
“Funky Shui in New York’” produced and directed by Van Cook achieved critical acclaim and earned her a place in the New York downtown film scene. Additionally, she acted in David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner’s film “Where Evil Dwells” as well as taking the role of “Red Snapper” in Nick Zedd and Rev.Jen’s series Electra Elf.
While attending Columbia University, Van Cook won the Van Rensselaer Poetry Prize, previously won by notables such as John Berryman and Thomas Merton. Her book “Stigma” is in the “Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection” and her periodical The Murdering Class was carried by art book distributors “Printed Matter”. Other publications in which her work has appeared include “Peau Sensible”, or “Sensitive Skin”, “The Hooded Utilitarian” and in Sounds for whom she wrote music reviews.
Of her comics work, Van Cook is best known for her color work on the graphic novel Seven Miles a Second, with Romberger and David Wojnarowicz artist, writer, and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz. The original artwork was shown at the New Museum and the comic was included in the Museum of Modern Art “Open Ends, Millennium Show”. She has worked for DC Comics as a writer and colorist. She has collaborated on a comic “Ground Zero” with James Romberger,was serialized through the 1980s and 1990s in various downtown literary magazines.