Press: Sara Cwynar in Flare Magazine

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Gallery artist Sara Cwynar is featured in the latest issue of FLARE Magazine.

Sara Cwynar is blessed with the gift of arrangement. The Vancouver-born, New York–based 27-year-old sped up the ladder in the graphic design world to get a job at the The New York Times Magazine (along with Bloomberg Businessweek, one of the most coveted spots for a designer) because of her talent at re-seeing and rearranging the familiar parts (headline, subhead, story, photo) into a fresh, make- you-double-take new whole. This past April, she quit to work on her art full-time—“I was installing shows on my vacation,” she says—and the fruits of her decision are on view at a Cooper Cole Gallery solo show in Toronto (Sept. 5–28).

As the title of one of her two books, Kitsch Encyclopedia, suggests, Cwynar is a collector of everyday objects. But, as with her graphic design magic, by reordering the obsolete and ordinary into colour coordinated groupings, she makes it extraordinary. Toy basketballs, thread spools and remote controls, in rich hues of lemon yellow, tropical green or poppy red, became colour-field mirages that make the viewer suspect the items have been spray-painted, or the photos retouched. Plastic figures frequently, like razors or bingo coins. “I’ve always been attracted to the myriad ways that colours are simulated,” she says. “Roland Barthes [describes] in a Mythologies essay how plastic never manages to simulate natural colour; it always fails, and has a distinct, particular plastic-y quality. I think it’s beautiful, this continued failure to accurately represent nature.”

Cwynar, who has also had images in the Museum of Modern Art and FOAM Photography Museum in Amsterdam, works away in her studio until the mess is prodigious—art supplies spill from under her bed into hallways and burst from cupboards and drawers. Pennies, plastic peaches, elastic bands and other ephemera are collected from her parents’ basement, eBay, flea markets and random neighbourhood junk shops: “The dollar stores here are just monumental.” At least 100 objects, from blue plastic forks to red candles, go into one colossal 3D bouquet she constructed and photographed for her new show. She also plays with reconfiguring pages from photo manuals from the ’50s to the ’90s, asking us to remember and value the discarded analogue process and, by extension, that old version of life itself, which, perhaps, like nature, we can’t capture, much as we try.

To see the full post please visit FLARE Magazine.

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Press: Jen Stark Interviewed on Live Fast

Gallery artist Jen Stark was recently featured on Live Fast Magazine.

“A rising star on the global contemporary arts scene, her unique technique and her mastery of color and geometry fascinate. No wonder her intricate sculptural work – so hypnotic and colorful – has caught the attention of critics and collectors alike. You have to see it to believe it.”

See the full post here.

For more information about available works from Stark please contact the gallery.

Preview: Glen Baldridge

Glen Baldridge / Sunset / Printed Vinyl / Dimensions variable / 2013

Static & Scrim

Glen Baldridge
Colby Bird
Patrick Brennan
David Kennedy Cutler
Sam Moyer
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Ryan Wallace

January 31, 2013 – February 23, 2013

Opening reception: Thursday January 31, 2012 / 6 – 10pm / facebook

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Upcoming: Static & Scrim

Static & Scrim

Glen Baldridge
Colby Bird
Patrick Brennan
David Kennedy Cutler
Sam Moyer
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Ryan Wallace

January 31, 2013 – February 23, 2013

Opening reception: Thursday January 31, 2012 / 6 – 10pm / facebook

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Press: De-Accessioned featured on Artforum

Our current exhibition De-Accessioned was listed on Artforum as a critics pick.

“This is a surprisingly ambitious group show that doesn’t deal with deaccessioning as a reality (à la Michael Asher) but instead mines that term for the institutional mystery and intrigue it suggests. Deaccessioning is the shadowy process whereby museums get rid of works in their collections. As such, many of the works in this show are packed for transport—either rolled up, crated, stacked, or leaning against the walls. While some pieces overlap (notably Laura McCoy’s thickly worked foamcore boards resting within Georgia Dickie’s tape outlines), even those that are relatively clearly displayed are still essentially submerged into artist-cum-“curator” Lucas Soi’s overarching image of the show.

Operating like Louise Lawler in reverse, Soi arranged this show like a studio photographer composing an allegorical image of one of a museum’s darkest secrets. He even added crates when most of the work probably arrived at the gallery in the back of a cab. This sculptural intervention makes clear the disingenuous nature of Soi’s claim to “curate.” His decision to deploy Matthew Brown’s paintings rolled up and arranged on the floor as a grille or grating speaks to this as well, revealing him, in this exhibition at least, to be a sculptor more at ease working materially with the work of others.

The reversals—between paintings becoming sculptures and those sculptures themselves existing somehow “photographically,” almost posed as in a portrait studio—produces a fascinating aura of fake candor that through clear insincerity manages to release a weirdly affecting emotive yelp. Ultimately, it is this collision of confidence with insecurity, bubbling up from many of the tentative paintings themselves, which gives the show its own life.”

To see the review on line please visit Artforum.

De-Accessioned continues until January 19, 2013.

Join us for a talk with curator Lucas Soi this Saturday January 12, 2013 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm.

Exhibition: Ryan Travis Christian Museum Show at CAM Raleigh

Gallery artist Ryan Travis Christian has his first solo museum exhibition opening at the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina opening February 22, 2013 through June 17, 2013.

“CAM Raleigh will be presenting a major exhibition of artworks by Ryan Travis Christian, titled Well, Here We Aren’t Again. This is Christian’s first museum show and will feature a large-scale wall drawing. Christian will spend three weeks in CAM Raleigh’s Independent Gallery creating a 26-foot long drawing. Visitors are welcome to watch his unique process of drawing during museum hours. Ryan Travis Christian is a Chicago-area artist who works primarily with graphite and ink. His images are constructed using abstract elements, comic utilities, and old fashion cartoon iconography.”

See the full press release at this link.

Event: Curator Talk

Join exhibition curator Lucas Soi as he tours De-Accessioned. Leading a walk around the gallery space that will reveal the contours of his curatorial composition, he will reminisce about the de-centralization of the exhibition space, institutional critique via art transportation materials, acts of appropriation through renouncing of the art object and the process of re-interpretation as camouflage.

Saturday January 12, 2013 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm

De-Accessioned is an exhibition that imagines the de-centralization of the exhibition space. Taking as its title the term describing the deliberate removal of an artwork from a museum’s permanent collection, it is one of the most controversial decisions an institution can make. Disrupting the “museum’s stated ambitions to assemble disparate objects into a single space and to bestow on them the intellectual, aesthetic, and categorical coherence of a collection, conserving these objects for posterity,” de-accessioning a work and releasing it back into the world is a process of re-interpretation. Separated from their functional context and circulated back into the real world, the works in De-Accessioned declare the transitory space between package and delivery as the site of exhibition. Many of the artworks on display use art transportation materials as their medium. In transit, the artwork assigns specific function to the practice of location, commanding a re-evaluation of its site-specificity. This socio-critical action allows works that are recognizable, such as paintings, to perjure the installation with their symbolism, leaving the audience to imagine a more appropriate arrangement in another ideal environment.

Installation: De-Accessioned

The current exhibition De-Accessioned continues at the gallery until January 19, 2013.

De-Accessioned

Matthew Brown
Georgia Dickie
Charles Gute
Colleen Heslin
Lili Huston-Herterich
Laura McCoy
Abby McGuane
Tegan Moore
Les Ramsay
Sean Weisgerber
Jay Wilson

Curated by Lucas Soi

To view more installations shots please visit this link.

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Press: Maya Hayuk featured in Brooklyn Magazine

Gallery artist Maya Hayuk was recently featured in Brooklyn Magazine. 

See the article here to get a look inside Maya’s studio.

“What are the three inanimate things you’d save first in a fire?
All of my external hard drives, my archive of photographs, the pillow my grandmother embroidered in 1923, when she was 13 years old.”

Press: Jen Stark featured on It’s Nice That

Gallery artist Jen Stark was recently featured on It’s Nice That.

“The Miami-born master of colour and form embraces complexity but in a fully inclusive way, creating pieces that are both immediately satisfying and infinitely intriguing.”

To see the full post please visit It’s Nice That.

 

Art Fair: COOPER COLE at the Miami Project

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce our participation in the Miami Project.

The gallery will be exhibiting artists Sara Cwynar, Chris Duncan, Maya Hayuk, Anders Oinonen, and Jen Stark.

Please visit us at Booth 719.

Miami Project | December 4-9, 2012 | Midtown Miami
Miami Project is an international art fair held December 4-9, 2012 in the Midtown Miami / Wynwood District.

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Upcoming: De-Accessioned

De-Accessioned
Matthew Brown, Georgia Dickie, Charles Gute, Colleen Heslin, Lili Huston-Herterich, Laura McCoy,
Abby McGuane, Tegan Moore, Les Ramsay, Sean Weisgerber, Jay Wilson
December 14, 2012 – January 19, 2013

Opening reception: Friday December 14, 2012 / 6 – 10pm / facebook

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Press: Geoff McFetridge featured on The Grid

Our current show with Geoff McFetridge was featured in this weeks issue of The Grid.

Pick up a copy of The Grid or see the article online here.

“In “Passing,” for example, one of the paintings in McFetridge’s current show, two cyclists ride by each other in opposite directions, yet the tension between them is palpable. McFetridge captures the exact moment they meet, a moment full of potential that we sense will go unfulfilled. The cyclists could turn to look at each other, they could dismount and chat, they could fall in love. But they won’t—they’re just passing. “You grow accustomed to working with the language of your culture and then you realize it’s actually universal,” he says.”

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

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Press: Geoff McFetridge Interviewed by SLAMXHYPE


Our current show with Geoff McFetridge was featured on SLAMXHYPE.

McFetridge was interviewed and profiled in his Los Angeles studio space for the article.

“I draw many many pieces when before I do a show, developing imagery. Images really carry my paintings as technically they are extremely simple and flat. For me it is the image that is central to every painting. The images come out of things I see, or imagine I saw, or ideas that I continue to explore and repeat. Much of the work involves figures, rendered in their most simplistic form. Once I have an image that resonates with me, I really refine it, reducing it to the point to where it is almost falling apart visually. I am interested in visual cliches. For years my graphics came out of finding, and inventing and tweaking common language and graphics. The work was not referential though. I was not appropriating images. I have tried to make original work that somehow felt familiar, so familiar that it feels appropriated.”

See the full post on SLAMXHYPE.

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

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Press: Art Forum Critic’s Pick Chicago Imagists Group Show

Gallery artists Anders Oinonen and Marc Bell are both included in the current exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. This exhibition explores work by contemporary artists who draw inspiration from an earlier generation of artists known as the Chicago Imagists.

The show was chosen by Artforum as a Critics’ Pick.

“…reminds viewers of the original movement’s loosely associated idiosyncrasies: figural forms, often with a combination of hieratic graphic precision and grotesque distortion, comic juxtaposition and cryptic text, recurrence of motifs and the suggestion of hidden or symbolic meaning, and strong colors not of the Pop art Day-Glo variety but out of comic books, Surrealist painting, and homespun craft.”

To see the full article, visit ArtForum.

DePaul Art Museum
Afterimage
September 14 – November 18, 2012

Press: Geoff McFetridge Featured on Complex

Our current show with Geoff McFetridge was previewed on Complex.

“At Toronto’s Cooper Cole Gallery, McFetridge’s signature style and humor sings through neat compositions with even neater titles. The show is titled Floating.”

See the full post on Complex.

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

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Upcoming: COOPER COLE in Miami

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce our participation in The Miami Project.

The gallery will be exhibiting artists Sara Cwynar, Chris Duncan, Maya Hayuk, Anders Oinonen, and Jen Stark.

Please visit us at Booth 719.

The Miami Project | December 4-9, 2012 | Midtown Miami
Miami Project is an international art fair held December 4-9, 2012 in the Midtown Miami / Wynwood District.

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Press: Maya Hayuk featured on Design Milk

Our recent show with Maya Hayuk was featured on Design Milk.

“This wall covered in layered canvases becomes a three-dimensional installation of criss-crossing, brightly colored lines full of eye-catching depth.”

To see the full post please visit Design Milk online.

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Press: Geoff McFetridge Previewed on 12ozProphet

Our upcoming show with Geoff McFetridge was previewed on 12ozProphet.

“Los Angeles-based, Calgary-born artist Geoff McFetridge is set to open Floating at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto on November 9, 2012. This will mark McFetridge’s first show in his native land of Canada.”

See the full post on 12ozProphet.

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

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Press: Geoff McFetridge Previewed on Trendland

Our upcoming show with Geoff McFetridge was previewed on Trendland.

“You should already know artist Geoff McFetridge for his work with The New York Times, Colette or Nike. His very graphic signature style of pastel colors and simple shapes made him famous in the graphic design and art world. McFetridge has an upcoming new solo exhibition at Cooper Cole in Toronto, so if you are around, you should definitely check it out!”

To see the full post visit Trendland.

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

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Press: Geoff McFetridge previewed on Juxtapoz

 

 

 

 

 

Our upcoming show with Geoff McFetridge was previewed on Juxtapoz Magazine.

“An artist we cover on the site often, and one who has become a painter with an increasingly signature style and approach to the age old idiom, ‘less is more,’ Los Angeles based, Calgary-born Geoff McFetridge is set to open Floating at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto on November 9, 2012.”

See the full post on Juxtapoz.

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

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Press: Geoff McFetridge previewed on Lodown Magazine

Our upcoming show with Geoff McFetridge was previewed on Lodown Magazine.

Geoff McFetridge
Floating
November 9 – December 8, 2012

To see the full post visit Lodown Magazine.

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Press: Permanent Demand Featured in NOW Toronto

Our current exhibition Permanent Demand featuring Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, and Jesse Harris was mention in NOW Toronto Magazine.

“Art as product and commodity is the target of Permanent Demand, a group show of three artists. Together their pieces form a satiric trifecta that skewers art as both rarified object and capitalist fetish.”

“Andrew Jeffrey Wright addresses the theme with a series of drawings tracing the manufacture of “products” like a Nike sneaker, a painting and a baby. Paintings are made from a palette that includes noxious bodily fluids like “snot” and “pus,” and Nike sneakers apparently can’t be made without the blood of children. However bleak their underlying point, these lo-fi drawings still radiate a gleeful punk rock nihilism that brings to mind 90s kitchen-sink zines. ”

To see the full post please visit NOW Toronto.

Permanent Demand featuring Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, and Jesse Harris continues until November 3, 2012.

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News: Les Ramsay Artworks Available

Les Ramsay / Artist Studio / 2012

 

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents Canadian artist Les Ramsay.

Currently a resident of Montreal, Vancouver based artist Les Ramsay works in exploring techniques in abstract painting and sculpture. His work investigates tropes found in modern art and everyday life. Ramsay’s dedicated studio practice expands into other mediums such as collage, drawing, photography, and video. Les Ramsay is presently a student in the MA Painting program at Concordia University. He received his BFA in Visual Arts in 2007 from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, and also studied at the Bellas Artes, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

To see a full selection of works please visit Ramsay’s artist profile.

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Northern Lights / Towel, pastel, tempera, and oil on cotton / 62″ x 48″ / 2012

 

 

Press: Permanent Demand Featured on Frameweb

Our current exhibition Permanent Demand featuring Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, and Jesse Harris got a mention on Netherlands based design blog Frameweb.

“Running until 3 November at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto, Permanent Demand explores the ideas of art as a commodity and the consequences of consumer culture through the eyes of three very different artists: Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell and Jesse Harris.

Andrew Jeffrey Wright approaches the subject through both humorous and somewhat satirical line drawings or through colour permeated canvases; William Buzzell uses three dimensional collages to talk about consumerism, while Jesse Harris work is statement oriented, using readily available materials and familiar forms and language.

The work of the these three artists comes together in an eclectic dialogue that share the same preoccupations and influences of a generation.”

To see the full post please visit Frameweb.

Permanent Demand featuring Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, and Jesse Harris continues until November 3, 2012.

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News: Georgia Dickie Artworks Available

Georgia Dickie / Smoking Gun / Metal, rope / 12″ x 87″, height variable / 2012

 

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce that the gallery now represents Canadian artist Georgia Dickie.

Georgia Dickie (born 1989, Toronto, Canada) graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2011. Her work addresses the complexities of contemporary object-based practice, and is characterized by a deep interest in found materials and their inherent limitations. Recent exhibitions include group showings at the Oakville Galleries, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Dickie will be have a solo exhibition at COOPER COLE in April, 2013.

To see a full selection works please visit Dickies’s artist profile.

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Installation: Permanent Demand

Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, and Jesse Harris’ exhibition Permanent Demand continues at the gallery until November 3, 2012. To view photos of the installation please click this link.

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Press: William Buzzell featured on The World’s Best Ever

William Buzzell was recently profiled on NYC based lifestyle blog, The World’s Best Ever.  

William explains the subject behind a selection of works from our current show Permanent Demand.

To see the full post please visit The World’s Best Ever.

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Upcoming: Andrew Jeffrey Wright / William Buzzell / Jesse Harris

Andrew Jeffrey Wright, William Buzzell, Jesse Harris
Permanent Demand
October 11, 2012 – November 3, 2012

Opening reception Thursday October 11, 2012 / 6 – 10pm / facebook

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News: Mark DeLong Artworks Available

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce that we have a new inventory of paintings and sculptures available from Vancouver based artist Mark DeLong.

Mark DeLong, born 1978 in New Brunswick, is a self taught artist working in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture and video. His work has been displayed at Colette, Paris; Bee Studios, Tokyo; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, New York; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; LES Gallery, Vancouver; Little Cakes, New York; and COOPER COLE in Toronto. Delong has collaborated with such artists as Paul Butler, Jason McLean, Jacob Gleeson, and Geoffrey Farmer. His work has been seen in Border Crossings and Canadian Art Magazine and he has published books with Nieves, Switzerland; Seems Books, and TV Books in New York. DeLong currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. DeLong will be participating in a two person exhibition at COOPER COLE in March 2013 with artist Joseph Hart.


Ocean Water For Wiggle / Acrylic on porcelain / 2012

To see a full selection of available works please visit DeLong’s artist profile.

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News: Anders Oinonen & Marc Bell at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago

Gallery artists Anders Oinonen and Marc Bell are both included in an upcoming exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

The DePaul Art Museum will explore work by contemporary artists who draw inspiration from an earlier generation of Chicago artists known as Imagists in “Afterimage,” which opens September 14. Free and open to the public, the exhibition runs through Nov. 18.

Emerging in the late 1960s, Imagist artists in Chicago challenged the dominant principles of Pop and abstraction, their figural distortion and hot palettes derived from countless vernacular sources like advertising and comics. Decades later, the Imagists’ stance still resonates for a new generation of contemporary artists, whose work builds on and expands this legacy. Afterimage provides a new view of contemporary art of the region and also explores the larger question of how to understand the processes of influence and appropriation.

Three partner exhibitions at other Chicago venues provide deeper understanding of both the contemporary artists in Afterimage and the Chicago Imagists: The Roger Brown Study Collection, the Center for Book and Paper Arts, and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection.

Afterimage is curated by Thea Liberty Nichols and Dahlia Tulett-Gross and organized by the DePaul Art Museum. The exhibition publication will be available for purchase at the museum.

For more information about the exhibition please visit DePaul Art Museum.

For more information about either artist please contact the gallery.

Press: Sara Cwynar featured on Paper Mag

Gallery artist Sara Cwynar received a nice mention on Paper Mag.

“Brooklyn based artist Sara Cwynar is a graphic designer and illustrator for The New York Times Magazine as well as an avid collector of all sorts of shit. Her most recent solo show, “Accidental Archives” was a selection of wild, color-coded mini dioramas of her possessions that were photographed and displayed at the Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto. All of Cwynar’s work is worth exploring but her projects “Kitsch Encyclopedia” and “Paranoia Archive” are two of my favorites that you can view along with much much more on her website. ”

To see the full post please visit Paper Mag online.

For more information about Sara Cwynar please contact the gallery.

Press: Sara Cwynar featured on 1883 Magazine

Sara Cwynar’s exhibition Accidental Archives was featured on London, UK based 1883 Magazine’s blog.

“Canadian photographer Sara Cwynar uses what could otherwise be seen as junk to create a beautiful colour spectacle. In Accidental Archives, Cwynar has collected objects over the last decade and meticulously arranged them into colour order to create a vibrantly retro collection giving your average household goods a new lease of life.

“It’s about working through all the junk and souvenirs and photos we accumulate,” says Cwynar. “And also the collective body of photographs we see and understand in our culture.”

You can see Accidental Archives at the Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto until Saturday.”

To see the full post please visit 1883 Magazine’s blog.

Press: Sara Cwynar Featured on American Photography Magazine

Sara Cwynar’s exhibition Accidental Archives was featured on American Photography Magazine’s blog.

“If you’re a collector of some sort, chances are you’ll appreciate Sara Cwynar’s project “Accidental Archives.” Using objects that she accumulated over the course of a decade, Cwynar has sorted them out by color, and photographed them on a background of the same shade. The result is a series of somewhat eerie still lifes, in which all sorts of things compete for attention with each other. My favorite might be the green one, in which the jaw of some scaly creature finds itself next to a can of soda, and a few plants. It’s actually not the first time that we’ve seen a photography project which groups together objects of similar colors; back in April, we wrote about JeongMee Yoon’s “The Pink & Blue Project,” which looks at the way that color has come to be associated with gender. Cwynar’s project is a little more personal in nature than Yoon’s, but it also shows the way we hoard objects today.

This work is on display at Toronto’s Cooper Cole Gallery until August 18.”

To see the full post please visit  the American Photography Magazine blog.

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News: Joseph Hart Artworks Available


Joseph Hart / Love Song / Mixed media on paper / 30″ x 40″ / 2012

 

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce that we have a selection of work available from New York based artist Joseph Hart.

Joseph Hart (born 1976 in New Hampshire) received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle in Paris, and Halsey Mckay Gallery in New York. Hart has also been included in group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Alexander & Bonin, CRG Gallery and Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery in New York, amongst others. Hart currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  Hart will be participating in a two person exhibition at COOPER COLE in March 2013 with gallery artist Mark DeLong.

To see a full selection of available works please visit Hart’s artist profile.

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Press: Sara Cwynar featured on Fubiz

Sara Cwynar’s current exhibition was featured on Parisian design blog Fubiz.

“La photographe canadienne Sara Cwynar nous propose de découvrir ces clichés et cette série « Study of Color » réunissant des objets qu’elle a pu collecter pendant une décennie, le tout rangés par couleur. Un aspect visuel très réussi à découvrir à la Cooper Cole Gallery à Toronto, et également dans la suite de l’article.”

To see the full post please visit Fubiz.

Cwynar’s exhibition Accidental Archives continues at the gallery until August 18, 2012.

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Press: Sara Cwynar featured on iGNANT

Sara Cwynar’s current show Accidental Archives receives some press on German design blog iGnant.

“Sara Cwynar´s latest project, Accidental Archieves, is an accumulation, arrangement and documentation of images and objects, aimed to create an organized and material record of personal experience. Choosing from her own archive of saved objects, personal photographs and found images she creates densely-layered compositions, while they are simply categorized by color.

But from this most obvious trait her studies move to their own narratives, associations and feelings that yield a sense of order and meaning apart from apparent randomness. This study deals with the tropes of photography, the still life, the news photo or even the leftover photo of your ex boyfriend. Its about working through all the souvenirs, junk and forgotten memories we accumulate during our lives and thus somehow raise questions about the role of physicality in photography and how we see and understand our culture.

Cwynar is a New York-based artist, graphic designer and book-maker. Doing a lot of things very well, she works for The New York Times Magazine as a graphic designer as well as on her broad artistic practice, including photography, collage, installation, video and bookmaking.”

To see the full post please visit iGnant.

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Press: Sara Cwynar featured on Fast Company Design

Sara Cwynar’s current show was featured on Fast Company’s Design blog.

“Cwynar’s latest series, Accidental Archives, pushes her archival instinct to an almost obsessive place. Each photograph shows a carefully arranged selection of her belongings, organized by color. “The concept began as a means of working my way through this massive collection of images and objects that I am always gathering and saving,” she explains to Co.Design. “Then I arranged the collections into still lifes, starting with the color but moving on from there to contain narratives and ideas.”

In yellow, lemons and Kodak photography supplies mingle. Pink, of course, is the most gendered photograph–hair curlers, cleaning gloves, and flowers–and an ominous cellophane carton of uncooked meat. Photos are much in evidence, too. “The photos deal with the tropes of photography,” Cwynar says. “I collect examples of traditional forms of photography: the studio still life is most prominent here, then the class portrait, the news photo, the product shot, the leftover photo of your ex-boyfriend, the souvenir postcard, and many others.”

“It’s about working through all the junk and souvenirs and photos we accumulate,” adds Cwynar. “And also the collective body of photographs we see and understand in our culture.” Accidental Archives is on view now at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto.”

To view the full post please visit Fast Company’s Design blog.

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Press: Sara Cwynar featured on Designboom

Sara Cwynar’s current exhibition Accidental Archives was highlighted on Designboom.

“canadian photographer sara cwynar has produced a body of works consisting of personal artifacts that have been collected for over a decade, entitled ‘accidental archives’. the installation assembles a miscellany of objects and possessions arranged to represent an insight into the artist’s life and creative process. cwynar extends the concept by organizing her belongings into smaller color coded formats, creating mini dioramas that inform the photo editions.

these visual cross-sections are a contemporary take on classic still life photography, where what starts as a study of color, evolve into a variety of narratives that speak on ideas such as gender roles, consumerism, and mass consumption. the work is on show at the cooper cole gallery in toronto, canada through till the 18th of august, 2012.”

See the full post on Designboom.

Sara Cwynar’s exhibition Accidental Archives continues until August 18th.

Press: Sara Cwynar mentioned on the New York Times

Gallery artist Sara Cwynar received a review of her current exhibition Accidental Archives on the New York Times blog.

“Sara Cwynar, an artist and a designer at the Times Magazine, takes collecting to the extreme. She told me that she constantly amasses objects, both to satisfy her “hoarding impulses” and to compile a historical record. This winter, while contemplating a move from her Bushwick apartment and studio, Cwynar began to feel that her personal archive was becoming an unhealthy burden. When approached in January to do her first solo exhibition, she had an idea that would make use of her entire collection and ultimately force her to get rid of it all.”

To read the full review please visit the New York Times.

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Press: Juxtapoz Magazine covers Zagga Zow

Juxtapoz Magazine featured our current exhibition Zagga Zow on their blog.

“Cooper Cole in Toronto is hosting a great line-up in the group exhibition, Zagga Zow, now on display through August 20, 2012. Cooper Cole went into the deep trenches of the urban dictionary to find out what Zagga Zow means, and they came up with “A word with literally no definition.” In the meantime, Matt Leines, Larissa Bates, Devin Troy Strother, Marc Bell, Charlie Roberts, John Riepenhoff, James Kirkpatrick, Anders Oinonen, and Sara Clendering are all showcased.”

To see the full post please visit Juxtapoz online.

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Installation: Zagga Zow / 1st Annual Summer Group Show

Our first annual summer group show Zagga Zow continues at the gallery until August 18, 2012.

Participating artists include:

Devin Troy Strother
Charlie Roberts
John Riepenhoff
Anders Oinonen
Taylor McKimens
Matt Leines
James Kirkpatrick
Sara Clendening
Marc Bell
Larissa Bates

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Preview: John Riepenhoff and Sara Clendening

A John Riepenhoff sculpture supporting a canvas from Sara Clendening, 2012.

Zagga Zow
1st Annual Summer Group Show
July 12, 2012 – August 18, 2012

Opening reception Thursday July 12, 2012 / 6 – 10pm / facebook

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Upcoming: Zagga Zow

Zagga Zow / 1st Annual Summer Group Show / July 12 – August 20, 2012

Devin Troy Strother
Charlie Roberts
John Riepenhoff
Anders Oinonen
Taylor McKimens
Matt Leines
James Kirkpatrick
David Jien
Sara Clendening
Marc Bell
Larissa Bates

Opening reception / Thursday July 12, 2012 / 6 – 10pm

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Press: Sara Cwynar Featured on It’s Nice That

Sara Cwynar was recently featured on London, UK based design blog It’s Nice That.

“One of Print Magazine’s 20 Under 30 New Visual Artists in 2011, designer Sara Cwynar is proving herself to be mighty popular in the design and visual arts world. A young and self proclaimed graphic designer and artist, Sara’s work is the toast of many a trendy blog with her vivid colours, readily-viewable mood boards and open passion for all things magic. The combination of the dreamy things that inspire her, combined with her very impressive and professional knowledge of layout – see The New York Times Magazine, where she works – makes her a curious rarity, and definitely one to watch.”

Read the full article at the following link.

Cwynar will be presenting a new body of work this summer at the gallery in a solo exhibition titled Accidental Archives.

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News: Jannick Deslauriers Acquired by the West Collection

Congratulations are due to gallery artist Jannick Deslauriers who was recently selected for acquisition to the West Collection.

Deslauriers was picked out of 2650 artists from over 80 countries and is the only Canadian artist selected for the collection in 2012. To see the full list of selected artists please visit the West Collection.

A public exhibition of the selected works with an accompanying catalog are scheduled for later this year.

To view more of Jannick Deslauriers’ sculptures please visit her artist profile.

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News: Marc Bell Artworks Available

COOPER COLE is pleased to announce the inclusion of Canadian artist Marc Bell to the gallery’s roster.

Marc Bell born 1971 in London, Ontario, is a Canadian cartoonist and artist. First known for creating comic strips (such as Shrimpy and Paul), Bell has also exhibited his mixed media work and watercolour drawings in numerous solo and group exhibition across the globe. “Hot Potatoe,” a monograph of his work, released in 2009, by Drawn & Quarterly. He has also been published in numerous anthologies, such as Kramers Ergot and The Ganzfeld and is represented by the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York and COOPER COLE in Toronto. Bell currently lives and works in Guelph, Ontario.


Balsam Adhesives / Mixed Media / 20″ x 15″

To see a full selection of available works please visit Bell’s artist profile.

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Press: Tessar Lo & Mark DeLong Reviewed By Canadian Art

Tessar Sebastian Lo and Mark DeLong’s current exhibitions at the gallery received a review from Canadian Art.

“Currently on view at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto is an exhibition that juxtaposes bodies of work by two Canadian artists of distinctly different practices—one more emotional and illustrative, the other more conceptual and abstract. Interestingly, both artists’ visual gestures still fit with gallery owner Simon Cole’s long-time interest in street-based art practices such as graffiti, stencil and paste-up.

The larger portion of Cooper Cole’s floor space (which is fairly large for a Dundas West location) is dedicated to “Past, Present, Past-Present,” an exhibition of new paintings by Toronto-based artist Tessar Sebastian Lo, while the smaller rear gallery hosts “No Cover,” a small collection of works by Vancouver-based artist Mark DeLong.

DeLong’s work is described on the gallery website as a blending of the abstract and the representational, though its representational qualities perhaps owe more to the quirky titles of the paintings than to what can be deciphered from the canvases themselves.

Bagels for Lunch, for example, is a recent work by the self-taught DeLong that forces me to look for these aforementioned bagels; though I do eventually allow myself to settle on a shape that could be a man eating a bagel, I wonder if DeLong is manipulating me, using the dichotomy of image and language as a tool of suggestion, the way a psychiatrist would ask someone what they see in an inkblot.

DeLong’s 2012 work Grapes boasts an equally absurd relationship with its title. While I feel certain that there are no grapes to be found in this image, I’m amused by the dry humour and confidently lazy brushstrokes that distinguish DeLong’s work; while most likely unintentional, I can’t help recalling the accusatory painting in Ad Reinhardt’s famous “What do you represent?” comic. The rich colours and suggested narratives induce a perplexing interrogation of the work, a mode that is certainly more in line with contemporary practices than the effects found in the adjoining exhibition.

I found Cole’s inclusion of Lo’s more expressive work to be somewhat cheeky given DeLong’s drier approach. Though Lo’s and DeLong’s works both speak to a mix of abstraction and representation, the similarities end there. There is no time for self-referentiality or apathy in Lo’s paintings; instead, they are urgent with understated angst.

Lo’s work, for me, cannot escape the distinct feel of outsider art—although the artist is an graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College and has been exhibited nationally and internationally—and similarly, its ties to symbolist archetypes.

Still Life, Before, (no suggestive titles here) is a large painting that feels cumulative of all of Lo’s preferred symbols (or, as he refers to them, totems). The surface is an unusual blend of pastels and surly darknesses, depicting a bird’s-eye view of a tabletop with Cézanne-esque fruits, clocks, compasses, a knife, eggs, and what seems to be a disembodied pair of hands and a face.

This work by Lo—and all his others here, in fact—provide surreal documentation of the fleeting moments in time in which we make decisions that lead us down one path or another, whether we choose to dwell in the past, letting our relative melancholies consume us, or to become resilient en route to the present.

While my studies in art history presuppose that I should be more stimulated by the conceptual nature of DeLong’s work, I can’t help but feel drawn to Lo’s paintings, and to the emotional honesty which informs them.”

Written by Mariam Nader.

To view the full review please visit Canadian Art.

Tessar Sebastian Lo’s exhibition past, present, past-present, and Mark DeLong’s exhibition No Cover continues until April 22, 2012.

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News: PULSE New York

COOPER COLE will be presenting a body of work from Canadian artist Geoff McFetridge at PULSE New York in May. Visit us at booth I10.

Geoff McFetridge
PULSE New York
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, Chelsea

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News: Tessar Lo Multiple Release

In conjunction with his upcoming exhibition at the gallery, COOPER COLE will be releasing a sculptural edition from Tessar Lo.

Titled “don’t say, dansé”, this multiple is constructed of gypsum with an acrylic and wax finish and comes in a screen printed box with a certificate of authenticity. This edition is limited to 25 with 5 artist proofs.

A select amount of this special edition are now available to purchase online.



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Tessar Lo / past, present, past-present, / March 30, 2012 – April 22, 2012

Opening reception / Friday March 30, 2012 / 6 – 10pm

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News: Tessar Lo Studio Visit

Gearing up to his forthcoming exhibition at COOPER COLE, Tessar Lo lets us in to his studio to have a preview of his new body of work. Tessar will be debuting a new series of paintings along with a sculptural edition.

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