"TALK ( to yourself )" an exhibition by Bermudian contemporary artist James Cooper, which transformed the Rick Faries Gallery with large sculptural works.
For the past decade James Coopers’ work has been featured widely outside of Bermuda. Notable highlights include exhibitions at the Jamaica National Gallery, The New York Photo Festival, The National Gallery of the Bahamas, the Toronto Photography Festival, as well as numerous gallery shows in Italy, South Africa, London, NewYork, Trinidad, Haiti, and Norway. His work has been featured in several books about Contemporary Caribbean Art, most recently in the 2019 publication ‘A-Z of Caribbean Art’ by Archer and Brown, where he is described as being “driven by a highly aesthetic creative language of impact, impulse, visual effect and pleasure".
“I am inspired by everything I encounter, but I am a minimalist at heart. I always seem to want to reduce the complexities I experience to a simple abstracted form. With this group of sculptures I am primarily driven by textures and colours in order to evoke an overall feeling as opposed to a thought. By addressing sensations in this way I am intentionally creating a relaxed, playful aesthetic. While the individual objects in the room are obviously important in their own right, I am equally as focused on the overall atmosphere they create. By ‘unfocusing’ our minds I feel we can get a rich sense of where we are from that supersedes the literal and political.”
The exhibition ran from Friday, May 5 to Tuesday, May 30. There was a members-only artist reception held at Masterworks Museum on Friday, May 12 from 5:30 – 8pm, where guests had the chance to meet the artist and experience the exhibition.