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August 13 - October 8

The Gallery at the Werkshack is pleased to present a refreshing new series of paintings by artist, Cooper Salmon. On view until October 8th, this playful body of work captures some of life’s most quiet, precious moments in the language of a cartoon. In his own words:

I’m making a picture book. A sort of cartoon biography of modern life. It started when I was a kid. I grew up watching loony toons and taking pictures with disposable cameras. Cartoons appealed to me because they use simple lines and shapes to convey clear emotional states. I became accustomed to the cartoonish and exaggerated style of animation and began to process my life in pictures. Back then my family took weekly trips to Costco to swap disposable cameras for developed film. My seven siblings and I wasted no time in filling my mother’s numerous scrapbooks, one roll at a time. Slowly but surely our house filled with editions of pictures from this recital or that birthday. We tried to pin down and freeze all those precious moments that make up a life. Decades later I am still interested in capturing moments. The characters come and go with the seasons and the settings but the gestures remain the same. The memories that loom largest in my mind are moments of waiting, preparation, and solitude. The ones where people really reveal themselves. Even in public settings, private moments of care, pain, and candor are at the forefront of my work. From a mother worrying about the safety of her children in the corner of a crowded party, to a couple falling in love on the living room rug, my ever expanding catalog of cartoons spotlight quiet moments in a loud world. My paintings are my way of measuring modern life in suspended animation.


August 13
October 8
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Name of the Artist
Cooper Salmon
About the Artist
Cooper Salmon earned a BFA in the Painting/Drawing program from California College of the Arts in 2019. Salmon works primarily with acrylic figurative painting approaches. He paints cartoon-like, playful illustrations of everyday moments, using long brushstrokes and layers of acrylic paint. Since graduating, Salmon has used his artistic talents to teach at The University of Memphis Middle School and to create murals across the Bay Area. His work can be found at the Sunnyvale Facebook offices, The Living Room Plant Co, and the San Francisco Baking Institute. Salmon currently lives and works in Berkeley.


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