Urban Construction is a group exhibition featuring three artists from Los Angeles and New York—Brian Cooper, Peter Gregorio and Alexander Severin—that re-conceptualizes and re-contexualizes the abstraction, myths, and quantitative realities inherent in the built environment.
Peter Gregorio | New York
Futurists assert that a time will come when technology progresses beyond human understanding—a singularity in which machines know best. Gregorio’s work is a prescient reminder of this time. Reflecting the artist’s interest in theoretical cosmology, his video and photographic collages and oil on linen paintings depict vaguely navigable territories, flattened depictions of physical space at the edge of the event horizon. A recipient of NEA and Joan Mitchell Foundation grants, Gregorio received his MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.
Brian Cooper | Los Angeles
Cooper’s work begins with a set of assumed rules or perspectives which the artist establishes only to break repeatedly. There are surreal sculptural dimensions to Cooper’s paintings in his attention to implied volumes—many of them irrational or physically impossible—and yet there is something classic in his work too. Cooper’s paintings marry the palette and subtlety of pre-Renaissance Flemish and Italian painters to the abstract compositional frenzy of 20th century artists such as Wyndham Lewis, Lee Mullican and Theo Von Doesburg. Cooper received his MFA from USC.
Alxexander Severin | New York
The fine art work of Russian born photographer Alexander Severin is deeply rooted in his background in both computer technology and commercial architecture photography. His current BLDG/DNA series of photographs depicts repeating patterns of office and tenement facades. These digitally manipulated photographic reconstructions of probable but unlikely architectural events can be read as lines of coded civic information, or urban DNA as it were. Severin received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts.