Metal Machine

  • Mark Cooper
  • 2013
  • Inv. No. 32.14.14
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Astratto
Size XL
100x150cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

In Elements of the Next Dimension, Mark Cooper once again distances himself from the subjects and the expressions of traditional photography; on the contrary, he moves forward to new visual experimentations. As the artist himself pointed out, this series was born from his desire to go back to the time of his childhood, to the days when he used to look at the world through a kaleidoscope; a different world, colourful and ever-changing in its infinite geometrical shapes. Shot after shot, the artist’s memories are brought to reality, in several different ways. The starting point is the same: it  is, once again, the surrounding urban environment with its most humble details, which are captured, fragmented and transformed in order to give life to a new dimension, the “next dimension”. The attention paid to those details that go usually unnoticed is one of the essential features of Mark Cooper’s figurative poetics. Hence, details become the pivot of each of his compositions, and are  set to create infinite symmetries, not unlike star patterns. These images are the expression of a new and different way of investigating reality, without ever neglecting our inherent tendency to marvel and wonder at what surrounds us.
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.