This was the second of three group shows curated Dr Therese Keyon all considering the idea of constant craving. The "In a Material World" show explores consumerism and how society creates meaning in a material world.
The internet’s ever-present convenience and its desire to service our need for instant gratification is the backbone for the works by Paul Cooper. Using a mix of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and how well the world wide web satisfies so much of our cravings, Paul created new works branching across photography, painting, sculpture, sound and installation.
Beware the Thane of WiFi, 2018
MP3 player, amplifier, speakers, springs, timber, string, hardware, acrylic on canvas panel, salt crystals, eye of newt
150W x 150D x 150Hcm
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Whoever knocks – Macbeth Act 1 Scene 4, Shakespeare
The witches pop up in Macbeth’s life much like those customised ads pop up in your social media pages and internet searches. Based on Macbeth’s profile, the witches believe he wants to be king so they provided him handy links to follow.
BestBefore (series), 2018
BestBefore 19May2025 - Acrylic,spices and crystals on canvas (45x45cm)
BestBefore 20May2025 - Acrylic, spices and crystals on canvass (45x45cm)
BestBefore 21May2025 - Acrylic, spices and crystals on canvas (45x45cm)
BestBefore 22May2025 - Acrylic, spices and crystals on canvas (45x45cm)
BestBefore 23May2025 - Oil, spices and crystals on canvas (45x45cm)
In keeping with today’s consumer-based ideology these paintings have in-built obsolescence. Created in a production-line manner by the cauldron speakers of Beware the Thane of WiFi, 2018 spices (eye of newt) and crystals (salt) were sprayed onto wet canvases. Similarly to Macbeth’s reign as king these paintings may not last long. They are described as “performative kinetic paintings” depicting both, the way they were created and the way they will change over time. Remember, art can be just like whitegoods, couches and TVs, you can throw them out, even before they are old, and buy brand new replacements.
Knock-knock / Who’s There? / Mirari / Mirari Who? / Never-mind, 2018
Framed photographs, timber, gaps, wallpaper
90W x 100D x 240Hcm
Inspired by the cowboy poem, “The Border Affair” which in time was set to music as “Spanish is the Loving Tongue” and performed by many an artist including Bob Dylan, Knock-knock, 2018 portrays connection through the eyes of social media and live streaming; places where who we say we are, how others see us and the person we really are is all part of the adventure.
"Mirari" is a Latin word which is used to describes the feeling of "awe and wonder". It is a root word for "mirar", a Spanish word for "to look at” which in tern is the basis for three English words: admire, mirror and miracle.
Admire = the wonderment, and the imagination of what might come next
Mirror = the wonderful, and the awe of one’s self
Miracle = the wondrous, that feeling of butterflies in your stomach as it sends a tingle through your whole body, which makes you smile, feel light headed, and invincible all at the same time.