Approved: 15.08.2014

David Cooper


Approved: 15.08.2014
  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Drawing, Film & video, Performance, Photography, Sculpture
  • Tags: info as self as info, info no.2, the info, info heads, pre info, performance, video, info, heads have holes have heads, heads have holes have hedas, photography, info head, the info no.4, sculpture, assemblage

Artist Statement

Work can be seen as an essay on physical and mental disorder. Cruelty, violation, deformation, crime, anguish and death. The works enquire into a humanity that feels fear and learns restriction, and one that results in an abominable interiority. The works are a daring and degeneratively intentioned experience of the malevolent unknown, driven by momentary absences of restriction. Devised over a series of ‘broken happenings’ motivated somewhat by a raw and unconscious state – assemblage technique, random thought, naivety, velocity and prolific energy are utilised to sculpt the identity of the unknown,and ultimately unknowable. The works suggest inadequate and hence eternally incomplete portraits. Motivated by dislike and disgust, the works are all created, photographed, dismantled, violated, reconstructed and recast indefinitely. Rather like human memories and identities - this regeneration and degeneration of found objects and states of the unconscious mind, express the incessant reinvention of the Self in modern times.


CV & Education

David Cooper - 1972 - West Yorkshire



John Moores University BA Fashion (1991 – 1994)

Central Saint Martins     MA Fashion (1994 – 1996)


Selected Group Exhibitions

Jerwood Drawing Prize – Jerwood Space – London (September 2014)

Hot One Hundred – Gallery Schwartz – London (July 2013)

Punk Salon – Gallery Schwartz – London (May 2013)

East Sussex Open – Towner – Eastbourne (March 2013)

The Hearing Trumpet – West Dean – Chichester (August 2012)

Open Walls – Black Box Gallery – Portland OR (August 2012)

Salon Art Prize – Matt Roberts Arts – London (October 2012)

Salon Art Prize – Griffin Gallery – London (December 2012)


Solo Exhibitions

Heads Have Holes Have Heads – Gallery 40 – Brighton (2012)

Think Tank No.5 – 38 Cheltenam Place – Brighton (2012)


David Cooper - Lives and works in London