18/05/2023 - 17/06/2023
Contemporary - Painting & Sculpture
Robert Cooper - The Rabbit
Wed-Fri: 11-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm
Coups Contemporary is pleased to announce Robert Cooper’s upcoming solo exhibition ‘The Rabbit’ running from 18 May- 17 June.
This exhibition focuses on the character of one of the recurring animals that make up Cooper’s biomorphic language of drawing, sculpture and painting: the rabbit. For Cooper, the rabbit represents a hunger for knowledge, fueled by desire. They act as troublesome and flirtatious creatures that appear at inopportune moments, encouraging chaos and seducing humans blindly towards their predictions of the future.
The work on display depicts the rabbit's apocalyptic vision of a post-nature world. The vision contains natural disaster but also skips forward to a version of nature that comes after the end- to a world where nature has been repurposed, stylised and enhanced into a consumer friendly experience. Inspired by recent visits to the dioramas in the Natural History Museum, Cooper began to feel like these reconstructions of the natural world now would soon be a way people would come to view the past. Instead of preserving what already exists, humans would find a way to extract nature's aesthetic value and repackage it as a semi-digital product.