Wanda Koop’s new series of paintings – scenes of urbanization, and war – ask us to reconsider imagery that is delivered to us through both cultural history and contemporary broadcast media. Created through the accretion of simple geometric and architectural forms and components, her office towers, apartment blocks, warehouses, bridges and smoke stacks crowd together on the shores of unidentified bodies of water. They expand outward, too, onto causeways and artificial islands, as if over-population and over-development has consumed all available land.Koop explores the ways in which we ‘remember’ scenes that don’t exist in actuality. Yet the scenes are so culturally familiar that we are able to mentally complete them from the faintest and most abstracted clues. In Koop’s work, architectural components are reduced to rudimentary horizontals, verticals and grids, and yet, again, we are able to mentally assemble them into remembered images of our built environment. Not only does Koop sustain an ongoing painterly dialogue between representation and abstraction, but she also pursues an intellectual investigation of the social construction of nature, of the place where nature and culture come together. She particularly focuses on the means by which our understanding of the world is shaped and disseminated by television.Wanda Koop
(Winnipeg, Canada) is one of Canada’s most distinguished and inventive artists. Her painting and video career spans three decades and includes over 50 solo exhibitions. She is the recipient of national and international awards such as the Canada Council ‘A’ grant, the Paris Studio, the Japan Fund award and the Manitoba Arts Council ‘A’ Grant. In 2006 she was made a member of the Order of Canada, the country’s most prestigious award for lifetime achievement. Koop’s work has been exhibited in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Brazil, Japan, the USA, Italy (In conjunction with the 2001 Venice Biennale), India and China. Recently, TIME Magazine listed Koop as one of Canada’s best artists along with Janet Cardiff, Jeff Wall and Michael Snow. Wanda Koop was born in Vancouver and resides and works in Winnipeg, Canada.
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