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I really enjoy the titles of well-titled artworks. Through the use of titles one can be literary, art historical, museological and fun. It is hard. But it is rewarding to an art audience and it enriches the art discourse (artist-artwork-audience).

Cooper titles well. Below are the titles from his current show, Seven Years Bad Luck, at Snitzer gallery ( pictures are in my previous post).

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
Artist: COOPER
Show Title: Seven Years Bad Luck
(free standing sculpture located in the very back of the trailer)
Black Lungs: Ever notice how all artists are super-sensitive, temperamental,
selfish crybabies, and it only gets worse as they get older and continually more
bitter. The long dark tea time of the soul right before death and then your taxes-
now, imagine a world with two Elvis?s, twin brother performers. Best to die young
and famous. In her hand, a faded Polaroid of her white Corvette totaled beyond
repair.
Materials: wood, paper, found objects, ink, duralar, paint, stainless steel, plasterboard,
masking tape, galvanized metal bucket, plastic, resin, charcoal, distillant,
quadraurethane, electric pump.
2008

(wall piece located just outside of Mr.Snitzer?s office)
Eye surgery for the attempt of re-construction. (Eyes will be grown in jars and
trays and stored in generator backed-up refrigerators, not like in the movies, but
in fluorescent lit, formica-covered multi-plex office condos converted into
profitable organ production start-ups. It will feel like the nineties.)
Materials: wood, paper, ink, duralar, paint, stainless steel, plasterboard, masking tape,
galvanized metal bucket, plastic, charcoal, distillant, monourethane.
2008

(wall mounted sculpture fountain located just inside the trailer, across from the door)
First our garbage will become our fuel, then with all the smoke and fumes and
enough time, our waste will become suns. (Trapping light invites all sorts of
intriguing questions, for instance, if you light a candle in a room lined with perfect
mirrors [mirrors that return nearly 95 percent or more of the light that contacts the
reflective surface], would the room stay illuminated even after the flame is
extinguished.) But first, let?s mine the cemeteries for fresh things to sell.
Materials: wood, paper, found objects, ink, duralar, paint, stainless steel, plasterboard,
masking tape, galvanized metal bucket, plastic, charcoal, distillant, quadraurethane,
electric pump.
2008

(free standing fountain sculpture located in the middle of the trailer)
GETOUTOFHERE! (then) BOOM! Waves of mutilation follow, the truth is set free
all at once, enlightenment for everyone simultaneously, the world de-materializes
becoming speeding light, everyone and everything is everywhere at once. Floating
now, awake in pure information, thoughts can instantly become form, any
psychical thing becomes possible just from thinking it. Mankind becomes gods,
the universe is complete, all matter available for any purpose instantaneously.
And just like with any sitcom, the real humor lies in the set up, waiting patiently
like a hunter who sits motionless as the sun rises over a smoky field of wet grass
mixed with broken pavement.
Materials: wood, paper, found objects, ink, duralar, paint, stainless steel, plasterboard,
masking tape, galvanized metal bucket, plastic, charcoal, distillant, quadraurethane,
electric pump.
2008

(fountain sculpture located just outside of Mr.Snitzer?s office)
Battlefield horror from the war of northern aggression, slave rape, abu ghraib
torture, grassy knolls, rich girl bank robberies and “pig” finger-written in blood on
mansion walls, slow spiked garrote death, a bucket with all of Friday night?s vomit
spilled across every city street collected, restaurant dumpsters, dead drug addicts
in the morgue?s walk-in refrigerator, lies between lovers, profitable deception,
death-row lunch trays sitting soiled in a broken industrial dish-washer or a
speeding pickup slamming into a pregnant dog on a backcountry road.
Materials: wood, paper, found objects, ink, duralar, paint, stainless steel, plasterboard,
masking tape, galvanized metal bucket, plastic, charcoal, distillant, quadraurethane,
electric pump.
2008

(leaning wall sculpture located in the trailer)
Mr. Stardust himself:
Three quarks for Muster Mark!
Sure he has not got much of a bark.
And sure any he has it’s all beside the mark.
When the show was over, as he walked through the last curtain into the hall,
he thought to himself that awful joke his father would tell him,
“Ugly girls work harder.”
Materials: wood, paper, found objects, ink, duralar, paint, stainless steel, plasterboard,
masking tape, galvanized metal bucket, plastic, charcoal, distillant, monourethane.
2008