Her soft cock is locked down. His abstained desire penetrates the love-object. A gold appliqué provides a conduit to heaven as a sculptured torso bound with rope watches the unfolding.
Night Gallery presents Upbraid, an exhibition of new work by Alika Cooper. Working with an array of textiles, Cooper composes fabric pieces on wooden stretchers with the deftness of a painter. Planes of fabric alternate between depth and flatness depending on whether they can be seen as material collage or rendered space. This sort of back and forth between poles is also reflected in Cooper's subject matter. Gender and its power move between and past each other. Poles go from flacid to rigid, confused to binary, sado to maschoistic to neither and both. This refusal to rest in one fixed state is Cooper's haptic rendering. It is her Upbraid.
Alika Cooper (b. Guam 1979) received her MFA and BFA from CCA San Francisco in 2006 and 2002 respectively. Cooper has exhibited in the United States and Europe with solo exhibitions at venues such as Eleanor Harwood Gallery, in San Francisco, CA (2011); Hamish Morrison Galerie in Berlin, Germany (2010); and Galleria Studio Legale in Rome, Italy (2007). Cooper has been written about in Artforum, LA Weekly, Notes on Looking, Huffington Post, Art Slant, Daily Candy, SF Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Bay Area Reporter, Seattle Weekly, Chicago Now, andArgot and Ochre.