Emerson Cooper
Song of Love
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5" x 6", 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Man with X
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5" x 6", 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Bird Man
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5" x 6", 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Woman with Red Face
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5" x 6", 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Woman with Numbers
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5” x 6”, 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Woman with X
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5" x 6", 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Lost Boy with Cross
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5” x 6”, 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Man with Spiral
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5” x 6”, 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper
Cost of Living 1 / Victory
Mixed media collage on altered photo on canvas
24” x 32”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Cost of Living 2 / Lesson 60
Mixed media collage on altered photo on canvas
24” x 32", 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Disturbance #4
Mixed media collage on altered photo C-print on board
22.5" x 15", 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Disturbance #5
Mixed media collage on altered photo C-print on board
22.5" x 15", 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Disturbance #6
Mixed media collage on altered photo C-print on board
22.5" x 15", 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Man 1
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
12” x 15”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Man 2
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
12” x 15”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Man 3
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
12” x 15”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Man 4
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
12” x 15”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Man 5
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
12” x 15”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Anatomy #1
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
16” x 20”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Anatomy #2
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
8” x 10”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Anatomy #3
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
8” x 10”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Lesson 151
Mixed media collage on found object
8” x 10.5”, 2012

Emerson Cooper
Lesson 31
Mixed media collage on found object
8” x 10.5”, 2012

Emerson Cooper
Lesson 171
Mixed media collage on found object
8” x 10.5”, 2012

Emerson Cooper
Lesson 172
Mixed media collage on found object
8” x 10.5”, 2012

Emerson Cooper
Lesson 208
Mixed media collage on found object
8” x 10.5”, 2012

Emerson Cooper
Lesson 209
Mixed media collage on found object
8” x 10.5”, 2012

Emerson Cooper
Jacket
Mixed media collage on board
3” x 3”, 2009

Emerson Cooper
Two Hands
Mixed media collage on board
3” x 3”, 2009

Emerson Cooper
Umbrella
Mixed media collage on board
3” x 3”, 2009

Emerson Cooper
Hand
Mixed media collage on board
3” x 3”, 2009

Emerson Cooper
Fairy Girl (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Wreath Girl (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Spirit Dog 1 (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Spirit Dog 2 (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Spirit Dog 3 (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Boy with Spirit Dog 1 (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Boy with Spirit Dog 2 (Edition 5)
Mixed media collage on altered found photo C-Print on board
24” x 36”, 2013-2014

Emerson Cooper
Woman with Keys
Mixed media collage on found canvas with found clocks
20” x 24”, 2009-2010

Emerson Cooper
Guardian 1 (Deer)
Mixed media assemblage with found objects
17” x 24”, 2009-2014

Emerson Cooper
Boy Scout man
Mixed media on albumen print
4.5" x 6", 2007-2010

Emerson Cooper

Mending the Labyrinth

June 5 – July 6, 2014

Muriel Guépin Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of digital and hand-altered photographs by American artist Emerson Cooper. "Mending the Labyrinth" is the artist's first appearance in an art gallery setting and his first solo show in the United States.
The exhibited body of work continues Cooper's practice which started many years ago in the form of plastered posters in the streets of New York City.
Emerson Cooper relentlessly collects vintage photographs and Victorian cabinet cards. He transforms them into meticulously constructed, psychologically charged artworks by using a mix of thread, paint, collage or digital manipulation. Small cut images and repetitive patterns such as lines, dots, numbers or letters, are omnipresent in his staged imagery to help transform a landscape or to hide a face. Used widely from the mid-19th century after the invention of albumen prints by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard, the cabinet card remains a familiar visual object. Contemporaneous to the use of cabinet cards were the psychoanalytical theories of Freud and the high point of public interest in freak shows, and Cooper recalls these areas of interest simultaneously.
Cooper's images often allude to the sinister and plunge us headlong into the depths of identity and psyche, the real and the unreal, and the anguish of memory. Forever present in his somber yet intriguing images are Cooper's favorite themes of looming disaster, unspoken injury, survival and transcendence. But more importantly, Cooper's newly reconstructed worlds transpire his own attempts to "repair the universe" and convey his beliefs in everyday heroes, guardian spirits and the enduring after life. His unique and technically consummate approach makes him a significant proponent in this genre.

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:30 – 8 pm

The exhibition will remain on view through July 6, 2014