DAVID COOLEY

Untied States

Warp & Weft
April 15th – May 12th 2017
Main Gallery

We are thrilled to bring David Cooley back to the gallery for his third exhibit in as many years. Previously we have shown his work in our project rooms but for this occasion we asked him to tackle our main gallery space.

“Warp & Weft” – Terms used to describe the process of two threads being woven together to form fabric. A great description of the painting process and visual results of David’s paintings.

David uses a variety of methods to create dimensional and geometric effects you would expect to be computer generated. The average “bit” of color is less than a quarter inch in size. Thousands of these bits are weaved into complex patterns and illusions. Multi colored fields bend, undulate and intersect seamlessly. Circular and linear grids hover in place to form bursts of color reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. Typically, David uses a dark background with a high gloss resin to create a subtle reflective surface. Painting with a heavy body acrylic allows the paint to rest on top of the surface without bleeding into other sections. Controlling the paint is very important to the final and most compelling aspect of the process – Once the paint is applied David uses a needle to pluck the paint off the surface into a barb. Every bit undergoes this precise yet organic transformation.

The phrase “Pictures don’t do it justice” is very apt to describe David’s work when viewed on a screen. His attention to detail and the confined spaces he works within need to be seen first hand.

Join us to view David’s paintings in person on Saturday, April 15th from 7-9pm

David Cooley is a self taught artist who has been creating art and general nonsense since he was a youngster. The evolution of David’s work is a result of ongoing experimentation with different techniques and mediums such as acrylic, resin and fabric which has lead his work to become dimensional and highly textural with “spikes” of acrylic paint. These “spikes” of paint form geometric patterns and shapes and sometimes incorporate realistically rendered images creating depth, and striking optical illusions. David paints because he wants to contribute something good to humanity, whether it’s something beautiful, thought provoking and meaningful or just plain fun to look at. He would also like to be able to eat sandwiches and burritos whenever he’d like.
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Any general insight into your process you want to share?
The last couple pieces I’ve done have been a lot of fun for me. I was beginning to feel like my approach to my work was getting to be a little too formulaic and rigid. I really wanted to get looser with it somehow and not have such a preconceived idea going into each piece and just let things take shape naturally.

You work with a variety of mediums – Is there one in particular that influences the rest?
Not really, there’s kind of a balance between them all for the most part.

Does geometry and math play a role in your process?
Kind of, there’s obviously a lot geometry going on in my work, but by no means am I some kind of crazy math wiz. I’ve just gotten really good at being meticulous with measurements and angles, I should also probably to come to terms with the fact that I might have just wee bit of ocd…

What is currently influencing you?
I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books lately while I paint. Mostly Alan Watts, Haruki Murakami, Tom Robbins and I’m currently listening to a book on Biological Anthropology. I’m not sure how they actually influence my work, but I do think they can help during the really tedious parts of a painting.

Also time has been an influence lately, there’s nothing like a fast approaching deadline to get the creative juices flowing.

How has your process changed over time?
When I first started doing the textural spikes of paint about 8 years ago, I was only doing very simple square grid patterns. Then I started to play with vanishing points and more complex measurements and angles. I also started to experiment more with different hues of color, that’s when I really began to have fun with optical illusions and depth.

What are some of the responses you hear in regards to your work?
Most people seem to really like it, but sometimes I do get, “Oh wow, so you’re a digital artist!” which is understandable since most people are viewing my work online and there’s no denying that we’re all influenced by the digital world these days. I explain that it’s all done by hand and I don’t use a computer at all during the process, except for maybe reference material from time to time.

What is more important – content or technique?
I think they are both equally important. Although lately I feel my work has been more technique driven where as in the past it had a lot more symbolism and almost a narrative. I think it kind of ebbs and flows between the two.

Your work is very unique, what “style” would you consider it to be? Sculpture, mixed media, etc?
I’d say mixed media for sure. There is a tiny bit of a sculptural aspect to them but not really enough to call them sculptures. I’ve always struggled with describing my work to people. I kind of liked the term “spike-ism” that Andrew Hosner coined.

AVAILABLE ARTWORK

FOYER OF FANTASY
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 36 x 36 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $6,000
Availability: Inquire
CEREBRAL MACHINERY
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 18 Inch Diameter
Year: 2017
Price: $2,100
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APOSEMATIC 2
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 18 Inch Diameter
Year: 2017
Price: $2100
Availability: SOLD

STRANGE FLOWERS
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 24 Inch Diameter
Year: 2017
Price: $3,200
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A LAMP SINGED MOTH
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 24 Inch Diameter
Year: 2017
Price: $3,200
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DIAPHANOUS
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 24 Inches – Diameter
Year: 2016
Price: $3200
Availability: SOLD

RIGHT AS RAIN
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 12 Inch Diameter
Year: 2017
Price: $1,100
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JUST A WEE BIT YONIC
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 12 x 18 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $2,100
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CANNONBALL
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 15.5 x 15 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $2000
Availability: SOLD

AN IMAGINARY TREASURED POSSESSION
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 8 x 10 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $700
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THE WHEREWITHAL
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 5 x 5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $450
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WARP & WEFT
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 5 x 5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $450
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SPACE NIBBLER
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 8 x 8 inches
Year: 2016
Price: $800
Availability: SOLD

APOSEMATIC
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 18 Inches – Diameter
Year: 2016
Price: $2200
Availability: SOLD

SACCARINE
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 24 Inches – Diameter
Year: 2016
Price: $3200
Availability: SOLD

SOLILOQUY
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 24 x 24 x 2 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $3200
Availability: SOLD

PLASMODESMATA
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 18 x 24 x 2 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2800
Availability: SOLD

IN A NUTSHELL
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 12 x 12 x 2 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $1200
Availability: SOLD

FLYING BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 36 Inches – Diameter
Year: 2015
Price: $5000
Availability: SOLD

THE CLOCKWORKS
Media: Acrylic and resin on wood
Size: 36 Inches – Diameter
Year: 2015
Price: $5000
Availability: SOLD