Loops of Repetition

Paul Cooper & Clache Raong
   
March
   
18
 -  
March
   
29
"Cooper & Clache, curious creative collaborators, join in an exhibition partnership observing human ingenuity, connection and optimism in the face of uncertainty. Their experiments and discoveries become avenues to negotiate spaces in flux."

INFORMATION

Creating circles of memory and echoes of reality, Loops of Repetition sings a song of humanity, where fables, systems and technology intertwine. Embracing change, chaos and the passing of time, traditional media is transformed and released from its customary expectations.

Cooper & Clache, curious creative collaborators, join in an exhibition partnership observing human ingenuity, connection and optimism in the face of uncertainty. Their experiments and discoveries become avenues to negotiate spaces in flux.

 

Cooper meditates through the meticulous process of inking layer by layer tiny morsels of canvas, connecting these delicacies with loops of thread in a fine needle work ensemble, that becomes both art and interaction. The art is in the process, which Cooper eludes to with a purposely unstitched square winking from the canvas. The artwork continues as the audience is invited to scan a large patchwork QR code to uncover a question.

 

Clache contemplates remembrance and identity through the reverberation of sound and reappearance of an image. Holding on to cherished loved ones here and those now passed, but never known. Ceremonial baskets become vessels to carry the sleeping sounds of a 107-year-old grandmother, still snoring and still strong. A treasured portrait searches for family unforgotten, eternally present.

 

A violin and pair of glasses, instruments of sound and sight, appear floating in space, humming and pulsating as the viewer passes, recalling the music of salvation, ‘His violin music kept us from starvation,’ and the prejudice recognised… ‘Remove your glasses, they are taking those people away.’ This work is a collaborative creation of Cooper & Clache, combing narrative and technology in a haunting synergy.

 

In another collaboration, Sound Bulbs seem to bloom from gallery plinths, probing apparatus imaginings, translating, echoing, reiterating the sounds of the gallery presence, producing an ever-observing phenomena, and constant reminder that we are still here. An ode to Alvin Lucier, and his experimental sound installations.

 

Loops of Repetition, is an exhibition of eclectic connections, merging materials, narratives and technology in the creation of installations of possibility. Cooper & Clache investigate, search and experiment to discover the undiscoverable in an ongoing conversation from the now.

 

ARTIST BIOS

 

Paul Cooper experiments with digital printing, printmaking, oil paint methods and technology to create layered works and installations on paper, canvas and through air. Inspired by the dedication of the patchwork quilting communities, methodical repetition plays an important role in his body of work. A sense of spirituality and connectivity is at the heart of these works where process, the art of making, is more important than either medium or subject.

 

Clache Raong creates scenarios that explore ephemera through sound, moving images and structures. The disembodied voice or sound removed from its origin of production, coined ‘schizophonia’ in 1969 by composer and music teacher R.Murray Schafer, has become a major preoccupation. A collection of objects and sounds provide a palette of theatrics, seeking possibilities to navigate through paradox.

Creating circles of memory and echoes of reality, Loops of Repetition sings a song of humanity, where fables, systems and technology intertwine. Embracing change, chaos and the passing of time, traditional media is transformed and released from its customary expectations.

Cooper & Clache, curious creative collaborators, join in an exhibition partnership observing human ingenuity, connection and optimism in the face of uncertainty. Their experiments and discoveries become avenues to negotiate spaces in flux.

 

Cooper meditates through the meticulous process of inking layer by layer tiny morsels of canvas, connecting these delicacies with loops of thread in a fine needle work ensemble, that becomes both art and interaction. The art is in the process, which Cooper eludes to with a purposely unstitched square winking from the canvas. The artwork continues as the audience is invited to scan a large patchwork QR code to uncover a question.

 

Clache contemplates remembrance and identity through the reverberation of sound and reappearance of an image. Holding on to cherished loved ones here and those now passed, but never known. Ceremonial baskets become vessels to carry the sleeping sounds of a 107-year-old grandmother, still snoring and still strong. A treasured portrait searches for family unforgotten, eternally present.

 

A violin and pair of glasses, instruments of sound and sight, appear floating in space, humming and pulsating as the viewer passes, recalling the music of salvation, ‘His violin music kept us from starvation,’ and the prejudice recognised… ‘Remove your glasses, they are taking those people away.’ This work is a collaborative creation of Cooper & Clache, combing narrative and technology in a haunting synergy.

 

In another collaboration, Sound Bulbs seem to bloom from gallery plinths, probing apparatus imaginings, translating, echoing, reiterating the sounds of the gallery presence, producing an ever-observing phenomena, and constant reminder that we are still here. An ode to Alvin Lucier, and his experimental sound installations.

 

Loops of Repetition, is an exhibition of eclectic connections, merging materials, narratives and technology in the creation of installations of possibility. Cooper & Clache investigate, search and experiment to discover the undiscoverable in an ongoing conversation from the now.

 

ARTIST BIOS

 

Paul Cooper experiments with digital printing, printmaking, oil paint methods and technology to create layered works and installations on paper, canvas and through air. Inspired by the dedication of the patchwork quilting communities, methodical repetition plays an important role in his body of work. A sense of spirituality and connectivity is at the heart of these works where process, the art of making, is more important than either medium or subject.

 

Clache Raong creates scenarios that explore ephemera through sound, moving images and structures. The disembodied voice or sound removed from its origin of production, coined ‘schizophonia’ in 1969 by composer and music teacher R.Murray Schafer, has become a major preoccupation. A collection of objects and sounds provide a palette of theatrics, seeking possibilities to navigate through paradox.

FEATURED WORKS

Cooper & Clache, Sound Bulbs after Alvin, 2021, Sound, glass, pipes, plinths, microphones and speakers, dimensions variable
Paul Cooper, Remnant No3 - So, What DoesIt Mean, 2021, Oil on ink on canvas, cotton, 101.6 x 101.6 cm
Details from; Cooper & Clache, Violin and Glasses,2021, Instruments, electronics and sound, dimensions variable, and Clache Raong, Re Member Part III – ReFind, 2017 to 2021, Moving image, dimensions variable
Paul Cooper, CV In Landscape, 2020, Ink on cotton rag paper, 21 x 29.7 cm
Clache Raong, Re Verse Part III – Re Sound in Two Parts, 2017 to 2021, Bakulsiah and sound, dimensions variable
Paul Cooper, Remnant No 4 – RMB4, 2021, Oil on acrylic on ink on canvas, cotton, 90 x 60 cm
Cooper & Clache, Sound Bulbs after Alvin, 2021, Sound, glass, pipes, plinths, microphones and speakers, dimensions variable

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