Beyond the Blues Show
Two of my collages will be on display as part of a show at the Columbia Art Center Gallery in Maryland during the month of February 2016.
Press Release for book
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2014 Willingboro, NJ 08046
PASSAGE: MY JOURNEY FROM GRIEF TO RECOVERY
Charles Cooper • Poems and Drawings
Charles Cooper, who is a visual artist, graphic designer, educator
and author, has self-published a book of his poems and drawings
that collectively paint a heart-felt portrait of his journey through the many stages of grief and the pain of loss after the death of his wife of 18 years from cervical cancer. The book comes out of his desire to transform pain into healing through the creative power of poetry and art and to encourage and inspire others struggling to recover from loss or disappointment. The poems and drawings in the book provide an intensely personal journey, a passage from the dark emotional landscape of grief to a place of acceptance, transformation and hope.
About the Artist/Author
He has taught at various institutions, including Moore College of Art
and the University of the Arts. He has a BFA from the University of
the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from the Yale Graduate School of Art in Connecticut. He has exhibited his work nationally in various galleries and museums. His artwork is in various private and public collections, including the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Newark Museum in New Jersey. Currently he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Arts and lives in Willingboro, New Jersey with his two children and dog Alphie.
Multi-Disciplinary Innovation Grant
I received a grant in the Spring of 2011 from the University of the Arts to create an experimental animated short based on my current drawings and collages.
This project will allow me to explore the implications of time/movement and transformation implied in my current drawings and paintings. Also I intent to explore integrating hand drawn, stop motion and computer base animation techniques as I try to translate my intuitive, working process into animated images.
Like my current work, I will draw from fragments of dreams and personal experience and observations to suggest fragmentary narratives, and unconscious content.
The grant money will be used to purchase a copy stand with light kit, animation software (Digi Flipbook studio 6), Animation Disc and table, and animation paper.