Nyehaus is pleased to present Ron Cooper: Lightworks opening on Saturday, May 5th, 2012. Ron Cooper is a few years younger than the light-saber wielding Jedi warriors, James Turrell, Doug Wheeler and Robert Irwin. Irwin speaks about the distinction between the Fetishistic sculptures of Larry Bell or Peter Alexander as the “image” moving out of the “frame” of the Light and Space practitioners. A transparent vertical bar laboriously tinted with lacquerous layers of acidic pigment floats from its support and casts its diluted shadow, a delicate wash on the wall; the luminescence seemingly intensified rather dulled by the veil of plexi.
Cooper treats the industrial fluorescent light fixture with formal grace, accentuating its geometry with its pairing of simple plains of glass at 4’ intervals. The language of Minimalism is certainly at the forefront, but conceptual explorations of optical sleight of hand are particularly potent, fortified by the restraint he uses to achieve these effects with economy of means. He is much more aligned with The Museum of Jurassic Technology than the Imaginers at Disney. It is always the fragility of human gesture that unleashes the poetry; technology’s clubfoot, the extinguisher of verse.