As a native of metro-Detroit, images of infrastructure and machinery carry a particular resonance with me. In my work the machine is simultaneously a stand-in for the figure and an icon of modernity, rationalism, and the global economy. The narrative of my machine is one of fallible logic that is both personal and globally systemic. The machine is consistently over-extending itself, stacking unsustainably, and, with the re-assertion of gravity and our faith tested, the machine collapses only to rebuild itself once again. We expand and contract, build up and break down, we strive for rational perfection only to more deeply provoke the irrational. Our greatest triumphs and our greatest faults are reflected in our inventions and magnified in our global systems.
Cooper Holoweski was born in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan. His ongoing fascination with art and mechanical reproduction began with his discovery of the “copy” function on his father’s fax machine at age 7. After receiving a BA in political science and BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan he worked as a translator in Santiago, Chile and moved between Chile, Argentina, and Brazil for a year. After returning to the United States he worked as a Public Transportation Program Coordinator for two years at a small non-profit in metro Detroit. During the summer of 2005 he was the resident artist at Gallery Titanik in Tuku, Finland. In 2009 he completed an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He enjoys riding his bicycle and reading.