Kevin Cooley’s Anza Borrego Super Bloom

Kevin Cooley
Anza Borrego Super Bloom
20×25.5 inch archival inkjet print, 21×26.5 inch framed, signed on verso
Edition: 1/3

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Kevin Cooley’s series Exploded View, freezes fire in mesmerizing, molten forms. His images for Forge reveal more of the environments he works and the lingering aftermath of this elemental sculpture.


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My work has centered around a phenomenological, systems-based inquiry into humanity's contemporary relationship with the five classical elements – earth, air, fire, water, and aether. The resulting images examine the environment, seeking to decipher our complex, evolving relationships to nature, technology, and each other. I strive to challenge my assumptions and deepen my understanding of our environment and materiality. My newest work questions the long-term sustainability of present-day living and reveals the struggles – both practically and psychologically – of inhabiting a planet we are slowly destroying.

Kevin Cooley is a photographer, video, and installation artist. Since 2014, he's held solo exhibitions at Kopeikin Gallery, Catharine Clark Gallery, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Nevada Museum of Art, Pierogi, Portland International Airport, Ryan / Lee Gallery, The Savannah College of Art, and Design, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His work is in prominent public collections including The Cleveland Clinic, The Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 21c Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and The Museum of Photographic Arts. Cooley also receives commissions from prominent publications including the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Wired, among others. A sixteen-page portfolio of his recent wildfire imagery appears in the June 2021 issue of Harper’s Magazine.