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Leah Cooper
updated: 08/06/2013
website: leahcooper.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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drawing the undifferentiated, gallery view
drawing the undifferentiated, installation detail
drawing the undifferentiated, installation detail
In Response, installation view
In Response, detail
In Response, detail
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
iteration 1
iteration 1_detail.1
allographic response_6Nov10
allographic response_6Nov10
allographic response_11Oct10
 
Portfolio Keywords:  site-specific, conceptual, information, architecture, mimetic, mapping
 
 
drawing the undifferentiated, gallery view by Leah Cooper
drawing the undifferentiated, gallery view
materials include: tape, graphite, vitrines, light/shadow
2013
Dimensions variable
drawing the undifferentiated, installation detail by Leah Cooper
drawing the undifferentiated, installation detail
materials include: tape, graphite, vitrines, light/shadow
2013
Dimensions variable
drawing the undifferentiated, installation detail by Leah Cooper
drawing the undifferentiated, installation detail
materials include: tape, graphite, vitrines, light/shadow
2013
Dimensions variable
In Response, installation view by Leah Cooper
In Response, installation view
tape, graphite, digital image, light/shadow, site elements
2011
Dimensions variable
In Response, detail  by Leah Cooper
In Response, detail
tape, graphite, digital image, light/shadow, site elements
2011
Dimensions variable
In Response, detail by Leah Cooper
In Response, detail
tape, graphite, digital image, light/shadow, site elements
2011
Dimensions variable
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A by Leah Cooper
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
materials include tape, mirror, graphite, graphite/relief drawings on masonite, and existing site elements
2010
Dimensions variable
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A by Leah Cooper
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
materials include tape, mirror, graphite, graphite/relief drawings on masonite, and existing site elements
2010
Dimensions variable
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A by Leah Cooper
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
materials include tape, mirror, graphite, graphite/relief drawings on masonite, and existing site elements
2010
Dimensions variable
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A by Leah Cooper
Iterated, Gallery 4, Part A
materials include tape, mirror, graphite, graphite/relief drawings on masonite, and existing site elements
2009
Dimensions variable
iteration 1 by Leah Cooper
iteration 1
mixed media
2009
Dimensions variable
iteration 1_detail.1 by Leah Cooper
iteration 1_detail.1
constructed object (metal, copper wire), graphite, light/shadow
2009
7 " x  10 "  x 2 " 
allographic response_6Nov10 by Leah Cooper
allographic response_6Nov10
3 mirrors, 36" flexible curve, and existing site elements
ongoing series
Dimensions variable
allographic response_6Nov10 by Leah Cooper
allographic response_6Nov10
3 mirrors, 36" flexible curve, and existing site elements
ongoing series
Dimensions variable
allographic response_11Oct10 by Leah Cooper
allographic response_11Oct10
3 mirrors, 36" flexible curve, and existing site elements
ongoing series
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

 

As an artist who is captivated by the everyday my focus often narrows to the smallest of cracks on the sidewalk and the faintest of shadows on the wall. Through the exploration of unnoticed properties of the everyday I aim to formulate work that examines an expanded notion of drawing, questions the edge of perceptibility, and reconsiders the role of art object in relation to audience.  Within these investigations my intent is to produce work that yields questions rather than asserts conclusions. Thus, the effectiveness of my practice is bound to the quality of my questions.

 

I work outside the convention is traditionally considered to be a two-dimensional re-presentation of the three-dimensional. What if drawing were liberated from its conventional role of descriptor and instead employed as a strategy where tactics might include nomination and notation; where materials move outside of standard mark makers and paper. Thus a line drawn by the artist is equivalent to a line created by an existing site element, something as ordinary as a visible drywall seam.

 

Through these site responsive drawings I examine where the liminal state exists between what is noticed and what is overlooked. If all facts are physiologically recorded but much of what we see goes unnoticed, is what we see more a result of how we have edited reality?  And if so, how does the introduction of additional information begin to disassemble the gestalt and alter our perception or knowledge of the world?

 

In addition to perceptibility, I am interested in employing the contextually dependent nature of my drawings as a means to encourage the viewer to engage as participant rather than observer. My interest in audience as contributor leads me to question the hierarchy of the art object.  Is it possible to create work where meaning is not contained within the object, but rather the object creates a heuristic state that asks the viewer to complete the piece?

Artist Bio / CV


Leah Cooper received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, where she was awarded the MFA in Studio Art Fellowship.  She completed her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989. Since 1989 she has lived and worked in Baltimore, Maryland. Leah was a 2010 Sondheim Finalist, a 2011 recipient of a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant, a 2012 Sondheim Semifinalist, and a 2013 William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund B Grant recipient. She has shown in The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, Arlington Art Center, Montpellier Arts Center, and RTKL Architecture Firm.

 

Selected Exhibitions:

 

2013  

drawing the undifferentiated Common Ground Gallery, Rockville, MD

2012

Dematerialization, Pterodactyl, Creative Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

The Truth Following the Existence of Something, Rendition Gallery, Ft Collins, CO

Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition, MICA, Baltimore, Md

Reflections + Refractions, CVA Gallery, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

SOLOS 2012 ,Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

2011  

In Response - Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park

          

2010

Sondheim Finalist Exhibition ,Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Md   

allographic iterations, John Fonda Gallery, Baltimore, Md 

2009  

Drawing Chestnut, Towards an Open Work - Chestnut Project Space, Baltimore 

iterating the ordinary, MICA – MICA, Baltimore, Md 

  

2007  

Of Paper - Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, Md 

 

2006  

Solo Exhibit - Creative Alliance, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, Md

2004  

Solo Exhibit - Frieda O. Weise Gallery, RTKL Architecture, Baltimore, Md