Mixed Media by David Cooley
Works combining abstract geometry and recognizable imagery using media that includes resin, fabric, acrylic, and spray paint.
Unique to Cooley’s mixed media work is his incorporation of pattern from found fabric and textiles, and his superimposition of perfectly strategic sections of impasto paint “spikes”. This unlikely combination of pattern and imagery is at once dizzying and revelatory, and produces unexpectedly phenomenal results. Cooley juxtaposes surrealist imagery, with this decorative patterning and these meticulously applied textural geometries to play with depth, perspective and visual dissonance. Optically fascinating, and slightly disorienting, the work embodies the coexistence of seemingly contradictory states: chaos and resolve in complete, absurd harmony. One has the feeling that the paintings shouldn’t work, but they do, therein lies the delight of Cooley’s vision.