#ThrowBackThursday to @justin_c00per's 2014 exhibition 'Spreadsheet' at #ArtinBuildings 55 5th Ave exhibition space!
Justin Cooper is known for his site-responsive installations and comedic live performances that waver between satire and earnest art historical excavation. Spreadsheet moves away from the undulating lines of his garden hose sculptures and investigates his drawing practice on a monstrous scale. Derived from a recent series of drawings based on repeated abstract forms placed in meticulous rows and columns, Spreadsheet attempts a similar strategy in a 3-dimensional manifestation. Cooper constructed Spreadsheet from a myriad of prefabricated, quotidian objects discreetly manipulated and combined into small sculptures. Although these objects (astroturf, binderclips, paper, wood, seashells, etc.) maintain their recognizable origins, Cooper employs them to emphasize their most basic formal elements: lines, circles, and colors. Creeping off the wall into greater relief with each successive row, Spreadsheet finally emerges as a full-fledged and completely functionless object multiplied by 10. Through the act of repetition, Spreadsheet becomes a systemized index of the deadpan gesture where quirky objects mingle yet remain resolutely straight-faced.
This year, I was an advisor on a steering committee for a permanent public art project scheduled for installation in Redwood City in early 2018. As part of the art, I was hired to faciliated 10 cyanotype workshops within our diverse community and a collection of these creations will be intertwined in the 'Redwood City Pages,' the title of the project by artist Brian Taylor. Thanks @AnnaSchuessler from the @SMDailyJournal for doing a write-up about the project and to everyone who helped make it possible especially the artist #BrianTaylor#FungCollaboratives#RedwoodCityParks&ArtsFoundation and #RedwoodCityPublicLibrary#publicart
Hidden deep within the woods, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, are six giants waiting to be discovered. Each of these fantastical sculptures was built by artist Thomas Dambo as a way of bringing art out of museums and into the natural world. Today, the six giants sit waiting among the wilderness, adding adventure and magic to those willing to explore.