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Pierogi is pleased to present Kevin Cooley’s Skyward at The Boi ler. Skyward is a large-scale video installation portraying Los An geles’ manufactured landscape and its complex relationship to the natural w orld. Using the quintessential Los Angeles experience of driving as allegor y\, the video takes the point of view of a passenger gazing upward through an open-top convertible\, or sunroof while riding throughout the city. This point of view manifests physically in the gallery by presenting this nearl y ten-minute sequence on an oversized\, suspended screen\, compelling viewe rs to stare upwards toward the skylight-like tableau. What begins as realis m subtly veers into the realm of fantastical daydream\, transcending the ro utine activity of commuting by car\, and rising above the gridlock at stree t level to a pristine blue sky saturated with limitless possibility.

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Beg inning downtown and ending high above Palos Verdes\, the video stitches tog ether Los Angeles’ disparate ecologies in an impossibly long tracking shot through its sprawling terrain. Crafted from over one hundred individually s hot elements\, Skyward navigates through a landscape of architectu re\, freeway overpasses\, palm trees\, birds\, and other iconic Southern Ca lifornia elements\, before soaring high above the clouds and looking back t o a labyrinthine city far below. As the camera travels through the intercon nected networks that physically define Los Angeles\, via a simple shift in viewpoint Skyward reveals interdependent ecosystems ordinarily ove rlooked.

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“Maybe the most important thing about Kevin Cooley’s lush and m ysterious photographs and quirky man-vs-the elements video landscapes is th at he makes them in person\, taking straight on-site pictures of real event s he sets in motion. The difficulty of crafting them in this way matters fo r reasons of art historical context\, narrative content\, and conceptual gr avitas.”  …In Skyward\, “[e]vents in the cloudless blue sky\, from the glistening of palm fronds to the passage of a blimp\, unfold across se veral takes woven together\; but there’s no trickery\, just layered truths. ”  (Shana Nys Dambrot\, 2012)

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Cooley received a MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts\, New York City. His work\, Remote Nation\, (comp rised of 100 analog TV sets placed throughout a vacant NYC apartment buildi ng and playing programs controlled by his father’s remote control in Colora do) was recently on view in New York\, seen from the High Line.

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This pro ject was supported in part by a grant from the Experimental Television Cent er.

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