Cooper Holoweski, Cannibal Universe
Cooper Holoweski presents Cannibal Universe, a series of cyclical narratives depicted as video loops. Borrowing from scientific theory, religious mysticism, and various world mythologies, Cannibal Universe explores self-reflexivity and recurrent patterns in astrophysics, biological evolution, spiritual reincarnation, and other realms. Each loop is a hybrid of digital video, stop-motion animation, and computer modeling; while there are moments when the viewer may lose themselves in the imagery, the raw materials and means of construction are always apparent. Cannibal Universe is Holoweski's spiritual manifesto, reminiscent of Manly Hall's Secret Teachings of All Ages or Robert Fludd's Harmonice Mundi except made with cardboard, duct tape, and photoshop.
Cooper Holoweski was born in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan. He holds a BA in political science and BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan and an MFA from RISD. Cooper was an artist-in-residence at Taller 99 in Santiago, Chile, in 2004 and at Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland, in 2006. In 2009 he was awarded the RISD/Skowhegan matching grant and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been featured at Storefront Bushwick, Famous Accountants, and the Untitled Art Fair. He toured his piece Katabasis, a 40 min. video with live score, at the BRIC House in Brooklyn, Space Gallery in Portland, ME, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In 2015, he was awarded the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop.