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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009

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Michael Cooper, Anne — Torso

Artist Statement

There is no man alone, because every man is a microcosm, and carries the whole world about him.  - Sir Thomas Browne

Using a minimalist vocabulary and a reductive aesthetic that emphasizes the importance of space, rhythm, structure, and relations, I make works of art that are concrete and essential approximations of my own emotional and intellectual experiences. The work reflects my interests in architecture, music, science, sculpture, and painting as well as the threads of commonality that run between them.

The tendency or desire to gravitate toward unity and stability is in opposition to the urge toward independence, transition, and growth. My work evokes this same tension, the dynamic that underlies my own existence. I see each piece as being analogous to the rhythmic and contradictory forces of stasis and flux that propel my world toward both constancy and change.

We are star-stuff contemplating the stars.  - Carl Sagan

Teaching Philosophy:

My responsibilities as an instructor in the classroom are to offer technical and formal information and to guide students toward making their art a manifestation of their own personal vision.  I can offer students the expertise and insights I've gained through years of making my own work and through viewing and critiquing other people's work.  I am aware of the importance of approaching each individual with openness, respect, and the determination to find what each student needs in terms of instruction.

  I feel very strongly that all students should be offered the basic tools of their craft.  With these tools they are best prepared to move into a more conceptually based regime of art-making.  I emphasize that the practice of art entails a balance between ideas and techniques.

My aim is to provide a time and place where students feel inspired and supported enough to challenge themselves and each other with rigor.  I hope to help my students gain confidence and technical facility as well as to  begin to discover new possibilities for finding a satisfying marriage between form and content.  

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