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Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Timothy Cooper


I really love this art piece, and I would have to say that this is one of my favorites. Personally, I love simplicity, and I strongly believe in “less is more” (most of the time). Timothy Cooper’s piece consisted of one hundred forty-five small white places in a cross shape. For some reason, I was reminded of Asian decorated and decor…and then of course food, since these were plates. Other than the plates themselves, the lighting also strongly contributed to the overall result of this artwork. The lighting is almost perfectly aligned with only the plates, thus making it the main focus when someone steps into the gallery room.

At first, I thought the plates were made of porcelain, but after asking around, I realize that Timothy is a ceramics artist, and therefore, the plates were made of clay. When I inspect this art piece closer, I noticed that all of the plates were all different. from afar, I just assumed that the plates were all the same – white and plain. However, the plates were all patterned differently, with different swirls.

In his artist statement, Cooper described how this piece is meant to portray the idea of coming together. The different designs on the plates reminds me of how everyone is different, but people can still come together and work together as long as they have a common goal or thought in mind. A group effort can easily create something beautiful and wonderful – just like how the different plates come together to create a simplistic, yet astounding art piece.


Week 8 – Artist Interview – Brian Davis


I love this piece, because it’s made out of many colorful stones and mineral. Recently, I have been seeing a lot more of 3D art in the galleries, and I love it! From the looks of it, it is clear that Davis has worked really hard to craft this piece. This piece kind of reminds me of a standing bowl of fruity pebbles, because of its round shape and colorful shards.

According to his artist statement, Davis used clay and fired this piece three times! I can only imagine how much hard work and dedication he has put into this piece. Davis intended for the pieces of clay to create frames, which I think is pretty neat. Other than clay, Davis managed to use glass, metal and other materials. He explains that these materials are very hard to use together, but he was able to achieve using them together. A lot of textures were creating by using layers of the materials, which can take a lot of time. I am amazed at how much patience was put into this work. Initially, I did not know that the basis of this piece was clay, but now I know it is because he incorporated many other materials!

Davis is especially proud of this finished piece, because of all the different frames, its transparency, and how it reflects light differently. It sounds like a lot of science was put into this! I think this can be defined as abstract art. I’m glad Davis was able to be bold with his creativity and put this together!