Another feature on the Digital exhibition:
James Cooper was born in 1965 and studied Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. He has also attended the University of Virginia in the USA, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History. Cooper has exhibited in Bermuda and internationally, including at Alice Yard in Trinidad, the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti, and the 2014 Jamaica Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica. He lives and works in Bermuda.
About the Work
“I started collecting examples of bananas used in contemporary art that I had seen online. I began this personal ‘curatorial’ project (in the manner of Pinterest and Instagram) because I had used bananas in some of my own projects. I started to show these images quite casually on my Facebook page and they have always provoked an enthusiastic response. I really want to show them as a single group in a gallery setting, printing them and laminating the images and pinning them in a single continuous line on a wall. I am interested in this sort of grey border area between digital and tactile, in what happens when you mix the online digital worlds and the ‘real life’ bricks and mortar world of an art institution.”
“I wonder if there a digital online aesthetic that is somehow different than a gallery aesthetic, and what does this mean when we now see the majority of art on a screen at 72 dpi. I feel that I am doing two things here that tend to get people quite agitated in an art institution setting and that is both displaying images that are not my own and showing images that are not of a high production value. The fact that this is accepted online, but makes people uneasy in a gallery is a good reason to explore it further.”