Artist: Cooper Alan Holoweski
Title: Late Stage, New Age (Exercise Band, Ipad, Probiotics, Geode)
Acrylic, Inkjet Print, and Laser Engraving on Paper
40” x 24.75”
Cooper Holoweski is an artist working in print, video, and sculpture. His work explores the intersection of spirituality and consumerism through everyday objects and materials. Holoweski has an MFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and has held residencies at Taller 99 in Santiago, Chile; Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland; the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; the Clocktower Gallery and the Lower East Side Printshop in NYC. His prints have been described as “striking” by Paul Coldwell in Art in Print, and his video work has been praised by Sarah Schmerler of Art in America as “magical” and “infinitely watchable.” In Spring of 2017 he was awarded the Prix de Print by Art in Print Magazine. Holoweski is currently an Artist-In-Residence and co-Head of the Print Media department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Late Stage, New Age is a series of mixed-media works on paper addressing the intersection of spirituality and materialism. This series was initiated during the covid lockdown of spring 2020 and features consumer products from around my house that I used for mental stimulation, physical movement, and spiritual comfort. Many of these items are designed to operate at the intersections of mind, body, and spirit. For example, my iphone contains my notes app (mind), exercise app (body) and meditation app (spirit), though ironically makes me feel more disconnected from all of these things the more I engage with it. With an ambivalent relationship towards new-age spirituality and capitalism these pieces are both earnest and critical; with equal parts sincerity and doubt.