Beyond the Line: The Art of Diana Cooper

by Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland



"Beyond the Line: The Art of Diana Cooper" was a comprehensive presentation of Cooper’s work from the late 1990s through 2007. The exhibition featured a selection of large and small-scale drawings, four large-scale constructions, the U.S. premier of the installation "Orange Alert UK" (2004 - 2007), and a new work that was commissioned by MOCA specifically for this exhibition. Cooper’s hybrid visual constructions combined painting, drawing, and sculpture into exuberant, semi-abstract wall reliefs that billowed, stretched and spilled out into the space of the viewer. Her practice was based in drawing but she used felt, pipe cleaners, markers, pom-poms, corrugated plastics, push pins, ballpoint pen, and tape to unabashedly transform line and form into complex three-dimensional works. With an intensity of repetition and multiplication, Cooper took doodling and geometric abstraction to extremes. The resulting work referenced digital, mechanical, biological, and topographical systems or networks. Meandering, swelling and tapering, the proliferating lines and forms in Cooper’s installations suggested and commented on the tension between order, disorder and chaos in our networked world. "Beyond the Line" was curated by Margo A. Crutchfield. This exhibition was made possible by the outstanding generosity of An Anonymous Donor, with additional support provided by Toby Devan Lewis; John Sutter; The Fifth Floor Foundation; Robert, Jereann and Holland Chaney; and Carol and Arthur Goldberg.


released September 28, 2007

Photo credit: Diana Cooper, "Daphne", 2006, Acrylic and Photographs, 73 x 31 x 1 inches. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Postmasters Gallery, New York. Photo by Allison Wermager.



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