Now you see me now you don't

  • Mark Cooper
  • 2014
  • Inv. No. 32.14.05
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Astratto, Concept, Paesaggio
Size M
30x75cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 
Size XL
50x125cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
 
50x125cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 

It was 2004 when Google bought Keyhole Earthviewer and its software was used to create Google Earth, one of the most famous generators of virtual images of our planet, using satellite images, aerial photographs and topographic data. From that moment on, the planet viewed from above became a common heritage accessible to all. This overturned perspective – from sky to earth – has always fascinated photographers, who bring the forms of nature to their pictures.
Mark Cooper’s Earthscapes series sees nature as the leading player of every composition structuring it. Observing the landscape and its forms from above, Cooper is able to transform this vision into a combination of abstract elements, giving them a new artistic and conceptual dimension. The shot becomes the geometric synonym of the natural environment that, accompanying the artist’s chromatic skills, captures visual and material elements to give us a new identity of the landscape and its continuous evolution.
Mark Cooper was raised in the United Kingdom, where he earned his degree. In addition to working as a freelance photographer based in London, he also completed reportages abroad, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. In 1993 he left London, where he had lived for twelve years, and moved to the province of Alessandria in Italy’s Piedmont region. Here he opened a studio and specialized in aerial photography, as a result of which he published works in important volumes devoted to the natural heritage of the Monferrato area. He devoted his photographic research to the Earthscapes – L’arte del Paesaggio project, which was the subject of essays by Elisabetta Longari, professor of Art History at the Brera Academy, and Aldo Gilardi, a well-known art historian and founder of the National Historic Sound Archive; in 2010 Foto Spiegel, Sony’s official magazine, devoted an eight-page spread to the project. With the title Monferrato Earthscapes, the project was exhibited a number of times at various venues in Piedmont between 2011 and 2014. Over the years, Cooper has investigated different artistic approaches, such as the Urban Jungle and Elements of the Next Dimension series, contaminated with a powerful abstract slant. In 2014 he participated in the 4th MIA – Milan Image Art Fair in the “MIA Proposal” section with a monographic stand, and was contacted by the National Association of Wine Cities to stage a large solo exhibition at the Universal Forum of Cultures, promoted in Benevento by UNESCO. In 2015 Cooper won the Davide Lajolo – Il Ramarro Prize, thanks to his extraordinary work of interpretation and artistic transfiguration of the Monferrato area.