NEWS

Tribeca Gallery Walk

Saturday, September 14th, 12 – 5pm
For More information visit https://tribecaarts.org


 

Sightings at Postmasters

September 7 – October 12, 2019
opening reception, Saturday 6-8pm

Whenever we open our eyes, we see. But we don’t always observe. Observation is a form of attentiveness, a way of focusing on objects and parsing out their permutations, in or out of the present context. Sightings, Diana Cooper’s new show at Postmasters and her first in six years, is an adventure in observation, an invitation to attentiveness.

Admired for her playful drawings and mixed media installations that riff off of technological and information systems, in this show Cooper explores the subtle interplay of observer and observed. In constructions, painting, and video she disorients the viewer by combining and recombining images in uncanny ways that render them both abstract and expressive. It seems she is drawing with fragments of our own unexplored or repressed visual experience. Stacks of chairs become ocean waves; security cameras stare as us, pleading; enormous folding rulers burst from the wall, threatening; an elevator ride is transformed into a trippy reverie of the beyond; mirrors bring us into the maelstrom of these images, exposing our gaze. The viewer emerges into a world suddenly reenchanted.

In an interview in Art News the artist Oliver Herring, who once participated in an exhibition with her in Shenzhen, China, made this remark about Cooper’s powers of observation:

I learned to love how Diana sees scrappy detail and opportunity in everything and everywhere. If you ever have a chance to take a stroll with her through an urban landscape, do it. You won’t look at that blighted lot or that rusty street curb quite the same afterwards.

Cooper puts it this way:

What I make is a byproduct of how I experience the world. I have no sense of direction so any object can potentially become a landmark, a point of interest. They are markers, without which I am lost. Once I’m in my studio images of these markers suddenly fall into patterns or structures, or become wonderfully abstract. The ordinary becomes unrecognizable, wonder filled, mysterious. Stop and look and then look again could be the subtext of this show. So much art making is about framing the world in ways that enable you to see what escaped your attention. But in my work a frame can be both a way of focusing, or one of obfuscating. I am repeatedly struck by the difficulty of pinning down anything visual. Things are always more than they first appear to be.

Commenting on Astral Lift, a new, kaleidoscope-like piece in the show that began with an elevator ride in Shanghai, she adds:

An elevator is a potentially claustrophobic space but it is also an opportunity for transformation. I try to be attentive to the times when someone decides to embrace that opportunity. To fill an elevator with so many lights and mirrors that you feel like you are in the final scene in the funhouse from Orson Welles’s film Lady from Shanghai. In situations like these, the more you look the more you see, but seeing does not bring clarity. Quite the contrary.

But the pieces in Sightings also seem to point to a half-hidden world where everything coheres. The French poet Yves Bonnefoy spoke of his poetry as attempts to access, if only for an instant, what he called l’arrière pays, the land that is always just over the horizon, receding as we approach it. At times Diana Cooper’s assemblages seem to be just that, peeks into a world that draws us ever on.

Diana Cooper (born 1964) is Brooklyn-based artist. This is her seventh solo show at the gallery. Recent solo shows include Highwire at the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Gleanings (1997-2018) at the New York Studio School in NYC. Double Take, a new permanent outdoor installation commissioned by the MTA is to be installed on Roosevelt Island in 2020. Cooper is a recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Anonymous Was A Woman. She currently teaches at Columbia University.

Special thanks to the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
For more information visit postmastersart.com


 

Sightings at Postmasters

Sightings, Diana Cooper’s solo show at Postmasters Gallery, opens Saturday September 7 from 6-8 PM at Postmasters (54 Franklin Street NYC).

The show will be up from September 6 – October 12, 2019.


 

Safety Last in Real Life Magazine

Diana Cooper’s piece Safety Last, is featured in Network of Blood, an article in Real Life magazine.
Read the full article.


 

Screenscapes at Postmasters


Still Image from CCTV Multiplexer

Diana Cooper has work in Screenscapes, a group show at Postmasters on view from July 6 to August 11, 2018.
Included in this show is her recent video CCTV Multiplexer.


 

Mappa Mundi: Diana Cooper at the Studio School in artcritical

Diana Cooper’s solo show Gleanings (1997-2018) has been reviewed by David Cohen for artcritical.

Read the full article here.


 

Gleanings at The New York Studio School

Diana Cooper’s solo show Gleanings (1997-2018) will be on view at the New York Studio School from March 9 to April 15, 2018, opening Friday March 9 from 6 to 8pm. Additionally, Diana Cooper will be giving a lecture on her work on Tuesday April 10th at 6:30pm.

For more information, download the PDF or visit the New York Studio School site.


 

HighWire, Diana Cooper’s Installation at Virginia Tech

Diana Cooper’s site specific installation HighWire is on view at the grand lobby of the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia.
The mural is 17 ft high with a running length of 116 ft, covering 8 adjacent walls.

The mural will be up from February 11, 2016 through spring 2018 at the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

View the press release here.


 

Articulate at Art3

Curated by David Cohen
April 5 through May 21, 2017
109 Ingraham street, Brooklyn, NY


 

Prismatic Shifts at the Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University

February 24 through March 31, 2017
Ildiko Butler Gallery
113 W60th street, NYC

For more about this show, here is a write-up in Artcritical.


 

Grayscale at Postmasters

June 24 through August 6, 2016
Postmasters Gallery
54 Franklin Street, NYC


 

Drawing for Sculpture

January 8-February 14, 2016
Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA)
329 Willoughby Avenue #2A
Brooklyn NY 11237
https://drawingforsculpture.wordpress.com/


 

Dialogues: Drawings and Works

Satellite Contemporary
Las Vegas NV
January 9- February 12, 2016


 

50 Shades of Red

Herter Gallery
UMASS Amherst
February 28-March 24, 2016

For more information visit the UMASS Fine Arts Center website.


 

New Prints by Diana Cooper at Editions/Artist’s Book Fair

Oehme Graphics
Jungle Press Editions

November 5-8, 2015
The Tunnel in Chelsea NYC
269 11th Avenue 10011


 

This is what Sculpture Looks Like

Postmasters Gallery
June 14 – August 2, 2014

For more info about this show, here is a write-up in Blouin ArtInfo, as well as a slideshow.
Here is a write-up of the show in The Huffington Post.


 

Double Take in Progress

Progress Continues on Double Take, Diana Cooper’s new permanent installation on Roosevelt Island.
Commissioned by the MTA, Double Take will be an 8 by 96 foot wall installation in mosaic, ceramic, granite and steel.
Diana is working with Miotto Mosaic Studio and KC Fabrications Inc.


 

Diana Cooper Interviewed in Juliet Art Magazine

Diana Cooper has been interviewed in Juliet Art Magazine.
You can read the full text online in English or in Italian.


 

Residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris

Diana Cooper has a Residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. She is working on “Double Take”, a permanent installation on Roosevelt Island commissioned by the MTA. Additionally, she is working on a new body of work that incorporates photographs and drawing.


 

Double Take: Permanent Installation on Roosevelt Island

Diana Cooper is working on a new permanent installation on Roosevelt Island, Double Take.
Commissioned by the MTA, Double Take will be an 8 by 96 foot wall installation in mosaic, ceramic, granite and steel.
Diana is working with Miotto Mosaic Studio and KC Fabrications Inc.

“The designs take into account the geometric forms found in the ventilation building, the Queens Borough Bridge,
the MTA subway station, the Roosevelt Island Tram, and the FDR Memorial. But they also reflect the natural setting
and the grand backdrop of the East River. The wall designs marry the abstract geometric shapes with organic forms,
based on photographs I have taken of the river”

Diana Cooper, Proposal for permanent installation Double Take (2014) © Diana Cooper.
Roosevelt Island Ventilation Structure. Commissioned and owned by MTA Arts & Design.
Installation Date: Spring 2015. Materials: mosaic, ceramic, granite and steel.
Art Wall Dimensions, including gate: 8 feet (height) x 96 feet (length)


 

Come Together: Surviving Sandy Catalogue

The Catalogue for Come Together: Surviving Sandy has been released.
It features an essay on Diana Cooper’s pieces for the show, Safety Last, Silver City, Bale, and Constellation Vanity.
To read the essay, and for more information, visit the Surviving Sandy website.


 

Material Way at The Shirley Fiterman Art Center

September 30th through December 1st, 2014

“Turf” is in a group show called “Material Way”, curated by Kathleen Kucka.
For more information download the .PDF announcement.
The gallery is at 81 Barclay Street, New York, NY, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6pm.


 

6081 Wilshire at Edward Cella Art + Architecture

September 20th through November 22nd, 2014

Diana Cooper has work in a group show called “6081 Wilshire” at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Los Angeles.
For more information visit: edwardcella.com


 

This is what sculpture looks like at Postmasters

June 14 through August 2, 2014

Diana Cooper has work in a group show called “This is what sculpture looks like” at Postmasters Gallery.
For more information visit: the Postmasters site.


 

Come Together: Surviving Sandy at Industry City, Brooklyn

Open October 20 through December 15, 2013, 12pm to 6pm, Thursday through Sunday.

Diana Cooper has 4 installations showing at the Come Together: Surviving Sandy exhibition at Industry City in Brooklyn.
They are located on the 3rd floor, at the far end facing the water. Two of these pieces are new, site specific works.

For more information visit http://cometogethersandy.com/


 

Diana Cooper featured in Surviving Sandy, Year 1 Documentary

Diana Cooper has been featured in a brief documentary about the Surviving Sandy show, commisioned by the Dedalus Foundation.

Watch the documentary here.


 

Press for My Eye Travels

New York Magazine January 28, 2013

Time Out New York, January 14, 2013

Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2013

ARTinfo, January 3, 2013

Gallerist NY, January 2, 2013

Hyperallergic, January 1, 2013

The L Magazine, December 31, 2012


 

Skylight 1 is The Daily Beast’s Daily Pic

Skylight 1, from Diana Cooper’s solo show, My Eye Travels, is the Daily Beast’s Daily Pic
View the post here.


 

My Eye Travels at Postmasters

Diana Cooper’s solo show, My Eye Travels, opens January 5th at Postmasters

Dates
January 5th – February 9th, 2013
Opening Reception
January 5th, 6-8 pm

In the My Eye Travels exhibition, Cooper offers an implausible environment, a transformed place that is never set and never stable. She brings together groups of photographs, photo-collages and spatial hybrid constructions that in an accumulative way convey a disorienting imaginary landscape. The works that incorporate images of sky, water, manmade objects and transitional sites are further de-stabilized by relocated and multiplied “photographic ghosts” from the gallery space itself: outlets, surveillance system, skylights and vents.

In her own words: I am fascinated by the interconnectedness of manmade structures/systems and those found in the natural world. I am increasingly drawn to the sometimes beautiful and sometimes tortured way that nature exists in contemporary environments, whether it be a huge plant stuck inside of a 21st century airport, or vines that resemble a chain link fence, or an abandoned bulldozed lot that unintentionally becomes a garden where weeds grow to the size of trees. My aim is to explore the strangeness of transitional spaces and the wonder they provoke.


 

Audience at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Diana Cooper is happy to announce the opening of a new installation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s
Infusion Center Gallery. The show will be up through May 31st, 2013.

View directions here.
The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 8:30-6 pm.


 

Diana Cooper Featured in ARTnews

Diana Cooper is the subject of an article, “PINK AND RED AND NASCAR TOO”, in the December issue of ARTnews.
Read the article on ARTnews.com
Download the article in .PDF format (5.4 mb).


 

“Swarm” in The New York Times

Diana Cooper’s installation “Swarm”, at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, is featured in a New York Times article about Peekskill Project V.
Read the full article.

Peekskill Project V

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Main Gallery, 1701 Main Street PO Box 209 Peekskill, NY 10566
Curators
Anna Adler, Cristina Arnold, Paul Clay, Kerry Cox, Evonne Davis & Emma Wilcox, Marcy B. Freedman, Matthew Leonard, Cheryl McGinnis, Wilfredo Morel, Lise Prown, Alix Sloan, Livia Straus, and Lilly Wei.
Opening Reception
Saturday September 29th and Sunday September 30th

Dates
9/29/2012 – 7/28/2013
Using the city as a stage, Peekskill Project activates the urban environment and its inhabitants through site-specific art exhibitions, performances and screenings sited in multiple venues throughout Peekskill. This year’s festival features a wide variety of painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, film, sound, and performance art by artists working within the Hudson Valley and the Greater New York City region.
View the Press Release (.PDF)
More information at HVCCA.org


 

Space Invaders at Lehman College

Lehman College Gallry
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, N.Y. 10468-1589
Participating Artists
Diana Cooper, Kim Beck, Abigail DeVille, Dahlia Elsayed, Franklin Evans, Gandalf Gavan, DeWitt Godfrey, Rachel Hayes, Lisa Kellner, Nicola Lopez, Rita MacDonald, Robert Melee, Sheila Pepe, Mariah Robertson, Cordy Ryman, Carol Salmanson, Heeseop Yoon and Halley Zien
Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Dates
October 2, 2012 – January 9, 2013
Space Invaders, organized by guest curator Karin Bravin, features the work of eighteen artists who make use of the unique spaces at Lehman College, both inside the galleries and outside the building. Using the walls, the ceiling, the floor, or the balcony above the atrium, works appear to grow out of the structure, hang down, wrap around, or peer out from under. Working with a specific space in mind, in this case LCAG, the space becomes the artist’s canvas. Each artist will inhabit the space differently, taking cues from the distinctive architecture. Lehman College Art Gallery is located in a building designed by Marcel Breuer in 1960.

In the galleries, Diana Cooper will combine fragmented photographs with three-dimensional elements, abstracted, but projecting an inherent sense of oppressive systems, networks, circuitry and surveillance.
View the Press Release (.PDF)
More information at lehman.cuny.edu/


 

“Seven” in The New York Observer

Seven, Diana Cooper’s recent group exhibition, is discussed in the New York Observer.
Read the full article here


 

seven @ SEVEN

The Boiler, Brooklyn
191 n. 14 street, brooklyn, ny, 11211
Participating artists
DIANA COOPER (POSTMASTERS), DAWN CLEMENTS (PIEROGI), BEN GOCKER (P.P.O.W), HEW LOCKE (HALES), EMIL LUKAS (BRAVINLEE), GIL YEFMAN (RONALD FELDMAN GALLERY), ANDY YODER (WINKLEMAN)
Opening recption
Friday, May 4, 6-9
Dates
April 28 – May 20, 2012
Expanding its model of a collaborative platform for presenting and experiencing contemporary art, SEVEN will hold its first New York area exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at The Boiler, April 28 – May 20, 2012. Launched in 2010 by seven galleries from New York and London (BravinLee programs, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters Gallery, P.P.O.W, and Winkleman Gallery), SEVEN is a unique initiative committed to presenting artworks on their own terms and providing an intimate, personal way to engage the viewer. seven @ SEVEN will present solo projects by one artist from each of the participating galleries. Featuring major installations, paintings and sculptures, the exhibition will fill The Boiler’s cavernous space in a co-curated, dynamic presentation. This emphasis on cooperation rather than competition is a founding principle of SEVEN that truly puts the art viewing experience ahead of all other considerations.
Download the Press Release (.PDF)
More information at ArtSlant


 

Circuit, a Solo Show at the Virginia Tech Armory Gallery

Circuit, Diana Cooper’s solo show at the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech University is up through March 31 2012


 

Diana Cooper’s Installation “Out of the Corner of My Eye,” as seen on NY1

Diana Cooper’s permanent istallation, “Out of the Corner of my Eye” is at the Jerome Parker Campus in Staten Island.
View the NY1 segment featuring “Out of the Corner of my Eye”.
Download the “Out of the Corner of My Eye” press kit in .ZIP format.

Diana Cooper


Diana Cooper featured in Cabinet Magazine

Diana Cooper’s “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” has been featured as an Artist Project in the most recent issue of Cabinet, Issue 39, Learning.
Order it here from their online shop.