Digital: James Cooper

James Cooper - Bananas (2016, detail), laminated Digital prints 60 prints, ea.: 28 x 20.3 cm

James Cooper – Bananas (2016, detail), laminated Digital prints
60 prints, ea.: 28 x 20.3 cm

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.


James Cooper - Bananas (2016, detail), laminated Digital prints 60 prints, ea.: 28 x 20.3 cm

James Cooper – Bananas (2016, detail), laminated Digital prints
60 prints, ea.: 28 x 20.3 cm

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.”


Jamaica Biennial 2014 – Bulletin # 3: Sheena Rose, James Cooper

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As we wrote in earlier posts, a special and new feature of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 is that we invited six international artists to participate with special projects. Here is our second post on the subject, on Sheena Rose (Barbados) and James Cooper (Bermuda).

Sheena Rose was born in 1985 in Barbados. She has a BFA from the Barbados Community College and she was recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her MFA in Studio Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rose’s work comprises hand drawn animation, combined with photographs, mixed media, transfers and comic strips. The animations have a surreal quality and deal with the daily life, space and stereotypes of her country.

Rose’s work has been exhibited widely, including at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad; Real Art Ways, Hartford Connecticut; the Queens Museum, New York; the Havana Biennial; the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C, Greatmore Art Studios, Cape Town; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico; the Aruba Biennial; and the Panama Biennial del Sur. Rose’s work is also featured on two book covers: of See Me Here, which was published by Robert & Christopher Publishers in Trinidad, and Small Axe. She is the founder of an art group called Projects and Space, which organized public art projects.

Rose has the following to say about her work: “My work entails drawing and hand drawn animations but I explore my concept using with different media such as performance, installation, painting to also help portray my ideas. My work is about sharing my experiences of living in the Caribbean, daily situations, urban spaces, youth and popular culture as well about challenging stereotypes. As a young artist from the Caribbean, my travels have allowed me to see what is familiar and unfamiliar in various locations. My animated drawings fuse various places I visit and experiences I have encountered such as Cape Town, Cuba, Martinique and many more. Sometimes I experience culture shock from the travels and it influences my work greatly. I share my feelings and experiences of these cultures, urban street life and overheard conversations by integrating these into my work.”

James Cooper, born in 1965, lives in Bermuda with his wife and two children. He studied Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia.  His work has been shown and collected internationally, and his photographs published in numerous magazines and books. Recent exhibitions of his work were held at at Alice Yard in Trinidad and at the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti and his work appeared on the cover of Pictures from Paradise, a survey of contemporary Caribbean photography  published by Robert & Christopher Publishers in Trinidad. Cooper’s work is photography-based and incorporates elements of sculpture; performance and collage that bring to light explorations of relationships to the physical environment and our relationship to art itself.

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