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Hollis Cooper
updated: 12/10/2011
website: www.holliscooper.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Planet of the Shapes
Invirtuality (installation view)
Time Becomes
Are We Here
Out There Somewhere
Narcissus
Echo
Coriolis
Flexure
Singularity
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
 
Portfolio Keywords:  futuristic, architecture, conceptual, geometric, urban, technology, systems, mapping, site-specific, landscape
 
 
Planet of the Shapes by Hollis Cooper
Planet of the Shapes
Mixed media on panel and acrylic on PVC
2011
Dimensions variable
Invirtuality (installation view) by Hollis Cooper
Invirtuality (installation view)
Mixed media on panel and acrylic on PVC
2011
Dimensions variable
Time Becomes by Hollis Cooper
Time Becomes
Mixed media on panel and acrylic on PVC
2011
Dimensions variable
Are We Here by Hollis Cooper
Are We Here
Acrylic on PVC and panel
2011
Dimensions variable
Out There Somewhere by Hollis Cooper
Out There Somewhere
Acrylic on PVC
2011
Dimensions variable
Narcissus by Hollis Cooper
Narcissus
Acrylic on PVC
2010
Dimensions variable
Echo by Hollis Cooper
Echo
Acrylic on PVC
2010
Dimensions variable
Coriolis by Hollis Cooper
Coriolis
Acrylic on PVC
2008
Dimensions variable
Flexure by Hollis Cooper
Flexure
Acrylic on PVC
2008
Dimensions variable
Singularity by Hollis Cooper
Singularity
Acrylic and marker on PVC
2005
Dimensions variable
Untitled by Hollis Cooper
Untitled
Mixed media on panel
2009
18" x  30" 
Untitled by Hollis Cooper
Untitled
Mixed media on panel
2009
18" x  30" 
Untitled by Hollis Cooper
Untitled
Mixed media on panel
2009
18" x  30" 
Untitled by Hollis Cooper
Untitled
Gouache on archival digital print
2006
11" x  8.5" 
Untitled by Hollis Cooper
Untitled
Gouache on archival digital print
2006
11" x  8.5" 

Artist Statement

I am interested in the idea of space, and how we define and use that term. I see space as a fluid concept, moving between the completely abstract (i.e. perceptual space) to literal 3-D space.

I use architectural diagrams as a main element in my work because we are culturally attuned to them as indicators of "space", so they do not require much additional explanation, even when the type of space they actually represent (abstract, perceptual) is different from the one they purport to represent (concrete, 3-D).

I am interested in relating virtual space to visual and architectural space. My main inspirations are Baroque illusionism and graphical user interfaces. I like the Baroque because of its overflowing of one space into the other. Virtual space is similar to the Baroque - not only in its predilection for special effects, but also in general freedom of movement, although more in an abstract sense than physical.

My work flows from this abstract space (perceptual/psychological space) to the physical: in the installation work, this occurs by breaking the traditional painterly frame and making the architecture of the room not something that is (or should be) invisible, but an equal element in the work. I re-introduce elements of Baroque excess - color and visual cues that break the 2-D plane. I erase the figure/ground within the work by activating the architectural space around it.

The "traditional" paintings frame a view into space, as opposed to bringing that space out towards the viewer. Familiarity with the idea of the painterly window - or screen/UI - makes the frame relatively invisible, so the works take advantage of both framed and unframed attributes, such as tighter control over design, but also a freedom of psychological movement through abstract space - color, perception, idea - as the elements are delineated from their surrounding physical environment.  

My works take a multi-dimensional approach, making them harder to see as views into or out of one space, but instead different spaces that are folded and spliced into one another. However, strong formal considerations make it so that whatever form it takes, it never forgets that it's a painting.

Artist Bio / CV

Born: 1976, Jackson MS
Works: LA, CA

Education
2006 M.F.A., Claremont Graduate University
1998 Post-Bacc, SMFA, Boston
1997 A.B., Princeton University

Selected Exhibitions

2011
Invirtuality (solo), Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles
Speculative Materialism, DBlock, Long Beach
Working Space (solo), Lawndale Art Center, Houston

2010
Volume, AT1:Projects, Los Angeles, curated by Andrea Neustein
Forever Now, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA, curated by David Pagel

2009
Edenistic Divergence, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, catalogue

2008
Infrastructure, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Lush, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
Sum of Parts, dba256, Pomona, CA, curated by Andi Campognone

2007
Velocity, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA 
Modular: New Art from Los Angeles, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, catalogue, curated by Dana Turkovic

2006
TarFest 2006, Los Angeles
Supersonic, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, catalogue
Scale, Gallery 825, Los Angeles
New Math, LACDA, Los Angeles

2005
In the Game, Bancroft Gallery, Cohasset, MA, juror: William Stover, MFA Boston
Best Laid Plans (solo), Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA
Greater LA MFA, CSU, Long Beach

2004
Exquisite, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA

1998
Post-Bacc Show, C-Gallery, Boston

1997
A Thesis Show (solo), Lucas Gallery, Princeton, NJ

Grants/Fellowships/Awards
2007
Finalist, NY, NY 2007, myartspace.com
Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, NY, NY
2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant - Nominee
2005 CGU MFA Fellowship

Bibliography
Davies, Stacy. "Paradise Lost." IE Weekly 17 Dec 2009
Davies, Stacey. "Connecting the Dots." IE Weekly Vol. 2 Iss 49. Mar 2008.
"Gallery Highlights." Alarm Magazine Iss 27. Summer 2007
Krainak, Paul. "Modular: New Art from Los Angeles." Art Papers July/Aug 2007
"Index." Artworld Digest [Brooklyn, NY] Mar 2007
Bonetti, David. "White Flag Projects." St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4 Feb 2007
Callahan, Teresa. "Raising the flag." West End Word. 24 Jan 2007
McMillan, Megan. "Modular: New Art from Los Angeles." 11 Jan 2007. http://www.meganandmurray.com/
Bonetti, David. "White Flag unveils LA creativity." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 4 Jan 2007
New American Paintings No. 67. Boston: Open Studios Press, Jan 2007