Michael Cooper Short Biography

I am a visual artist working in the fine and commercial fields. My work is not dictated by any one medium or style, thus I guess my work would be considered eclectic. My art designs point me to the method of creation for each piece versus the method suggesting the art itself. My visual ideas translate primarily into sculptures, but paintings and drawings as well.

I have been employed for the past 20 years as a Creative Director for Altech Corporation in Flemington NJ. For the past 30 years. I have also maintained a freelance business, Cooper Graphics, working primarily in the medical and advertising fields. For more than 30 years I have been creating art that has been in many shows and in private collections.

For the past several years I have explored simple and graphic shapes in my work. My commercial art in many cases has to be bold and eye catching using simple designs, shapes and colors. These new sculptures no doubt reflect those elements. However these seemingly simple forms hopefully become intriguing in their positive and negative shapes and their interaction with each other and the environment around them.
 
My most recent piece, “Earth Piercing is human made forms and stylized nature forms meeting. It is a frame in a single moment and it is up to the viewer to add in the beginning and ending of the narrative. A front view shows the entire piece while a side view brings the piece to its simplest shape – a vertical rectangle. A triangle and arcs meet – interacting with the earth. There is ambiguity in that the triangle is coming down to pierce / split the arcs into the earth or maybe the triangle is being supported by the arcs that emerge from the earth or the triangle and arcs are possibly flowering from the earth. In the manner that I incorporate pedestals with indoor sculptures I like to incorporate the earth and environmental elements with outdoor designs.


Artist Statement

In some recent sculpture / fabrication works I use wood and metal creating simple shapes that suggest some playfulness with gravity and intersecting. Contrasting colors help accentuate certain shapes and/ or areas. Reflections add another level of depth. I want my work not to just sit on earth or a pedestal but to interact with the earth and pedestal.

 

New Work and Show

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Graphic Design IllustrationWeb DesignFine Art

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The Work: In some recent sculpture / fabrication works I use wood and metal creating simple shapes that suggest some playfulness with gravity and intersecting. Contrasting colors help accentuate certain shapes and/ or areas. Reflections add another level of depth. I want my work not to just sit on earth or a pedestal but to interact with the earth and pedestal.



COME WITH ME

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SPLINTER (sold)

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TWO ARCS

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PIVOT

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Growth Spirt

Growth Spirt

 


Receptor Interceptor

Receptor Interceptor

 


 

COUNTER BALANCE

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SLIP SLIDE (sold)

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RECREATING THE WHEEL

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TRINITY

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Into the Reverse


Two Masks

Two Masks


LET’S PRIMAL DANCE

PrimalDance

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SKETCHES FOR VARIOUS WORKS:

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PROTOTYPES (Hold On, Zipper and S-PLIT)
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Maquettes

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Recent outdoor sculpture project:

Earth Piercing

Earth Piercing