By Jamison Meriwether Hooks Staff Writer
Artist Don Cooper held a Gallery Talk on Saturday Aug. 9 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) where he discussed his work, the “Three Paths,” with the public. “Three Paths” consists of the three different directions Cooper’s work has taken over the course of his career. Each of these three paths explores different creative directions of Cooper’s career by emphasizing certain symbols.
The show consisted of 34 overall pieces from the three different paths. Coopers three paths consist of the “Lotus, Palm, Flame”, The Vortex & Cosmic Egg, and The Bindu path. Cooper has a Masters in Fine Arts from The University of Georgia and has been featured in over 80 national and international group shows, as well as over 30 solo shows. “I am very lucky that at this point in my life I found this way to work,” said Cooper while discussing his paintings with his audience.
Cooper walked through each of his three paths with those attending the exhibit explaining the symbols and how they reflected his travels and studies across the world. Additionally, Cooper answered questions from an intrigued and attentive audience about his inspiration and the creation of his paintings. The first path is the “Lotus, Palm, Flame” path, which features paintings inspired by Coopers Asian travels. Specifically, this path echo’s his experiences in Thailand.
This collection of works included oil paintings on canvas. Many of the pieces in the “Lotus, Palm, Flame” path also included gold leaf accents. “To have this level of artistic talent come to Madison is fantastic,” said Chris Hodges, a Madison city council member. “We are very fortunate to have this facility that can host such a talented artist,” said Hodges while viewing the “Lotus, Palm, Flame” path. The second path of Coopers exhibit is “The Vortex and Cosmic Egg” path. This path emphasizes the power of the spiral or whirlpool.
The paintings in this path use an array of colors and are commonly referred to as “luminous”. The final path viewed by visitors to the gallery was the “The Bindu” path. This path is heavily focused on time and space. Cooper explained that the focus of the Bindu path is on a point in time and space where everything begins and ends. “The Bindu paintings caught my eye at a previous Cooper exhibit I attended in Macon.
I was very excited to see more of his work today,” said Sharon Bailey, an attendant at the event. Many of the works in the “Bindu Path” are watercolors painted on Indian hand made paper. “ It’s almost not like painting anymore, its emotionally gratifying,” said Cooper. The Three Paths exhibit will be on display through August 17 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, which is free and open to the public.