December Mostra 2017.British School in Rome.
Link Interview. Bsr
Stephen Cooper explores the idea of time and the formation of chalk in this large scaled exhibition .In this large scaled large-scale installation and has integrated this into the architecture of the Link Gallery over two floors. In this exhibition Cooper playfully contrasts the cell like structures, printed on silk curtaining ,that form chalk alongside the photographic remains such as the Needles at the Isle of White. The millions of years that it took chalk to form is contrasted with photographic images of current day chalk in our landscape.
Lewis Betts and Stephen Cooper co-curate a group exhibition titled 'Caesura et Vide Supra' to explore haptic thinking in relation to the architecture of Lewisham Arthouse.
Caesura et Vide Supra* brings together new painting and printmaking, exploring what the Finish theorist Juhani Pallasmaa describes as ‘tactile ingredients in our otherwise ocular experience of architecture’.
Six artists present new work conceived in response to the architecture of Lewisham ArtHouse, an Edwardian Carnegie building originally erected to house a library.Their new work considers possibilities playfully relating to architecture and understooding both as the most concrete of structures and as an imaginary comparison.
Artists: Lewis Betts, Jolanta Rejs, Frank Kent, Anna Salamon, Stephen Cooper and Bernice Donszelmann.
Southampton City Gallery curators approached wanted Stephen to respond to their exhibition of Floating World Prints from Japan. This exhibition showcases Cooper's vibrantly-coloured paintings and installations, which are profoundly influenced by certain aspects of Japanese art, through historic print, architecture, landscape design and particular ideas of artifice. This has allowed the artist to pursue these ideas further in this current exhibition in the hope to create a dialogue between the elements of architecture; colour and painting through installation.
My work has been concerned with certain aspects of Japanese art, through historic print, architecture, landscape design and particular ideas of artifice. This was originally realised in a trip to Japan three years ago, that culminated in a project at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. This has happily allowed me to pursue these ideas further in this current exhibition. I hope to create a dialogue between the elements of architecture; colour and painting through installation.
In this recent body of work I was motivated by the relationship between Japanese print and contemporary digital printing and an awareness that authentic methods are gradually being replaced by digital processes, often with tawdry results. I use these tawdry results as material for collage; they help to form the work. Reflecting upon Japanese prints of the Floating World and speculating upon their lyrical beauty has given me a basis to form a tangential narrative of images in my work