Justin Cooper - Virtual Voyager

Twice finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Justin Cooper is a unique emerging artist whose first solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery features a suite of multi-layered drawings with a twist; the artist created each drawing, after playing a different video game for 42 hours straight.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Pappas Gallery in Prahran precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 17 November 2011 to Thursday 22 December 2011
Launch Wednesday 16 November 2011, 6pm

Voyager 7 - After Deer Hunt Tournament, image

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Without sleep, with barely any food, only stopping briefly to urinate in a milk bottle, the artist forced himself into a hyper-intense situation before responding to the individual experience through making an artwork. Tellingly, the drawings are painstakingly detailed, frenetic and techno-coloured, reflecting the particulars of each gaming session but also the artist’s self-induced hallucinatory state. As written by the artist: “The games began to overshadow my thoughts of the real world, mental images and dreams. Playing for such a prolonged amount of time, I found myself thinking about ways different shapes in the real world can fit together to create an imagined world.” Part endurance performance, part science experiment, Virtual Voyager is a conceptually rich and exquisitely executed investigation into the parameters of reality. A game by nature offers pleasure but has proven ironically to have the potential to cause pain, such as seen in the case of the 28 year old South Korean man who died after playing online computer games for 50 hours. In his works we are also reminded that although the dream world presents us with beauty that we may be deprived of in reality, it is still only a product of the mind where darker things also reside.

About Justin Cooper
Justin Cooper is a Sydney based artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours, First Class Awarded) from the National Art School. He was recently awarded the Waverley Art Prize (World of Tomorrow Prize) and was a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 2011 as well as runner up in 2010. In the same year he was a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, the Jacaranda Drawing Prize, and Calleen Acquisition Award. In 2009 he was awarded Winner of the Waverly Art Prize (Best Drawing) and R&M McGivern Prize (Best Watercolour). Recent solo exhibitions include The Avid Spectator- Amused, at Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney and Acts of Science-Part 2 at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, 2010. Cooper has completed residencies at the International Cite Des Arts, Paris and Jam Projects, Los Angeles. Virtual Voyager is his first solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery.
Opening night RSVP – 10 November info@annapappasgallery.com