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Kevin Cooley

Exploded Views

Kevin Cooley

Kevin Cooley. Exploded View Salton Sea I

His work is centered around what he describes as “a phenomenological, systems-based inquiry into humanity’s contemporary relationship with the five classical elements—earth air, fire, water, and aether. Booooooom

Kevin Cooley's photographic series ‘Exploded Views’ plays with fire to create and document controlled explosions in the desert. His analytical approach to his experiments reflect both a precision and primitive curiosity for the elements.

In his experiments, Cooley delicately mixes and adjust chemicals, resulting in tails of smoke and ember that emanate from iridescent pops of color. It’s easy to appreciate these works as mere aesthetic objects all of which embody Cooley’s striking visual language. At face value, they are studies of time and motion not unlike Eadweard Muybridge’s ‘Animals in Motion’ (1887), Dr. Harold Edgerton’s ‘Bullet Through Apple’ (1964), or even the dynamic compositions of Ori Gerstch’s ‘Exploding Flowers’ series; they, too, sit suspended between the seduction of still life and scientific investigation.

“Visually inspired by wildfires, nebulae, jellyfish, the trails of distant stars, and smoke dynamics, the work also explores the human fascination with natural formations and their shared visual properties.”

-- Kevin Cooley

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Kevin Cooley

Exploded View Desert III

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Kevin Cooley

Exploded View Desert IX

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Exploded View Desert VI

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Exploded View Desert VIII

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Exploded View III

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Exploded View I

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Exploded View IX

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Artist

Kevin Cooley

1975 (USA)

Kevin Cooley is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California.

His photographic series Nachtfluge was exhibited at Portland International Airport, and At Light’s Edge has been prominently featured in Aesthetica Magazine. His work is also in the permanent collections of The Guggenheim Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 21c Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Museum of Photographic Arts.

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