“It feels like a place where you can feel free to make wild images,” he said. “There’s less resistance here to strange or interesting images than there might be elsewhere.”
It’s that affection for the city that has inspired him to paint walls from Long Island City to numerous areas of Brooklyn. His latest preferred locale is Greenpoint, which he says offers an interesting binary of old and new.
“I really dig the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s very vibrant and has a nice historic feeling to it.”
This affinity for the community has inspired two murals in Greenpoint, the latest of which depicts a mysterious image of trees and stones along a swath of Manhattan Avenue. He says even while he was painting the image the community response was extremely heartening.
“People were talking to me the whole time I was working,” he said. “It was really sweet, people were full of gratitude.”
Having just finished up the latest mural on Manhattan Avenue, and recently armed with $15,000 after running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Cook says he’s now on the lookout for more walls to paint. Any wall will do, he says, and the painting will be free. The fun part, he says, lies in the narrative of the art.
“The fun part for me is creating images that have a sort of mystery to them or untold story,” he said.