We are thrilled to bring David Cooley back to the gallery for his third exhibit in as many years. Previously we have shown his work in our project rooms but for this occasion we asked him to tackle our main gallery space.
“Warp & Weft” – Terms used to describe the process of two threads being woven together to form fabric. A great description of the painting process and visual results of David’s paintings. David uses a variety of methods to create dimensional and geometric effects you would expect to be computer generated. The average “bit” of color is less than a quarter inch in size. Thousands of these bits are weaved into complex patterns and illusions. Multi colored fields bend, undulate and intersect seamlessly. Circular and linear grids hover in place to form bursts of color reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. Typically, David uses a dark background with a high gloss resin to create a subtle reflective surface. Painting with a heavy body acrylic allows the paint to rest on top of the surface without bleeding into other sections. Controlling the paint is very important to the final and most compelling aspect of the process – Once the paint is applied David uses a needle to pluck the paint off the surface into a barb. Every bit undergoes this precise yet organic transformation. The phrase “Pictures don’t do it justice” is very apt to describe David’s work when viewed on a screen. His attention to detail and the confined spaces he works within need to be seen first hand.