ANDREW COOPER: EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE | ART PREVIEW
Elysium Gallery, Swansea
Until Sat 18 Nov
It could be argued that the aim of art is the manipulation of perception, and Andrew Cooper has established himself as an artist dedicated to the notions of perception and being.
“What I try to do with my work is to make it as if the participant is the only person it’s made for. It’s very much a personal engagement.”
Cooper is an alumnus of the Cardiff College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art in London, the latter being the stage of his career in which he worked with Pop-Art pioneer and renowned sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolazzi. On his return to Cardiff, he moved practice to tactileBOSCH studios – a key experimental art collective in Wales’ arts scene. Since then, Cooper’s work has continued to receive accolades and recognition at home and abroad, with invitations to exhibit at the University of Berkeley in California, and the Senedd. He has also been commissioned by such bodies as British Rail and British Gas.
Cooper’s exhibition at the Elysium will take from the many stages of his career as part of the celebration of the Elysium’s own 10th anniversary, and will construct an installation squared firmly at the being of those who experience it. The exhibition’s run will conclude with an artist talk on November 18th.
Admission: Free 07980 925 449 / http://www.elysiumgallery.com/ (JM)