Kevin Cooley: Skyward
I also wanted to share a few of Kevin’s other projects. I featured Remote Nation on Lenscratch in 2011, where he took an empty building in NYC, filled it with TV sets all set to the same channel and the results were a building that pulsed with light and images and came alive…
Another project that I flipped over was the simple idea of creating a Bonfire with television sets…
Commissioned for the 2012 Scope Miami Sculpture Atrium. Kevin’s Bonfire Project reclaims dozens of cathode ray tube television sets and carefully arranges them to mimic the shape of a towering bonfire as fiery flames flicker across their screens. The individual television sets operate like pieces of a video jigsaw puzzle, collectively re-animating a small campfire. Electronic smoke and embers slowly rise towards the sky, transcending the awkward physicality of obsolete technology, becoming ethereal, like fire itself. Harnessing the mesmerizing ability inherent in television to capture our attention, this work can be seen symbolic gesture reminiscent of a ceremonial and spiritual celebration, or perhaps as an act of destruction.
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