Sydney Cooper was born in the 60's in Los Angeles, California - the child of a Japanese and Jewish family. In one neighborhood she lived in as a teen there were families newly arrived from Vietnam, Marines from a nearby military base, long time Mexican Californians, newly arrived Mexican and central American immigrants, Low-riders, Surfers, Military families of Vietnam veterans, Bike gang members, Mormons, Samoans, and that was just on one street! This lineage and the question of how cultures, time and place intersect has influenced her longtime interest in ideas of the hybrid, cross-disciplinary practices, and the way our cultural and historical origins create distinctive ways of being. Sydney studied on the east coast further broadening her influences and received a degree in liberal arts at Bennington College in Vermont. Since then Sydney has lived in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Woodstock, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Chimayo and Santa Fe New Mexico.
Cooper has worked with "materials" as disparate as gardens, buildings, food, paint, plaster and precious metal leaf, people and communities, water and land. With these materials from our daily lives she has explored ideas of time, contingency and change. Sydney is also interested thematically in people as Homo-Faber: man-the-tool-maker, how we've extended ourselves and capabilities through "tools." Most recently this has been made manifest through our varied technological platforms and spaces.
Cooper has exhibited widely, including the Santa Monica Museum in California, the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Allied Cultural Prosthetics in New York City as well as various galleries and other venues. She has participated in and co-organized several site-specific public installations such as the Windows Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bloc-Busta in New Mexico, and Wallworks at Plan B: Evolving Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cooper also curated NM10: Dispersion, at CINEMALAND, Chinatown, Los Angeles. She also coordinated local artists to work with a roster of international artists for the Lucky #7 Biennial at SITE Santa Fe participating in a mural project with Scot Lyall and a recycled bottle project with Hiroshi Fuji. With her public artworks she has created a collaborative work "Constellation" for Wonderland a site-specific show of art especially commissioned for the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco by curator Lance Fung. Sydney also took her "We the People" project to the Portland farmers market for the conference on art and social practice Open Engagement in 2011, also in 2011 "We the People" was produced at the AHA festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This Fall Sydney will perform a site specific work for the Pacific Standard Time; Art in L.A. - Performance and Public art festival in Los Angeles presented by LA>
Los Angeles, California
Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont
"One billion rising," Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM
"Plaid show," Counter-Culture, Santa Fe, NM
"Art Mechanics," CCA, Santa Fe, NM
"The Royal Bread project," Axel Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
"Forget your perfect offering," collaboration with Edie Tsong, CCA, Santa Fe, NM
"East-West intersecting," performance with Edie Tsong for "Rivers run through us" at the Agua Fria crossing, Santa Fe, NM
"BLUE," Off-Road Productions, Santa Fe, NM
"Return Volley," Bennington College, Bennington, VT
"Light Field," performance for Pacific Standard Time; Art in L.A. Performance and Public Art festival curated by Elena Bajo and Warren Neidich, Los Angeles, CA
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, "Nadie es Perfecto"
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, "Lucky #7" (under the auspices of Scott Lyall), mural project (catalogue)
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, "Lucky #7" (under the auspices of Hiroshi Fuji), recycled bottle project (catalogue)
Dillman/Stanford Projects, Santa Fe, NM, "Live With This"
Moti Hasson Gallery, New York City, NY, HIV Law Project
CINEMALAND, Los Angeles, CA, "NM10: Dispersion."
516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM, "Loosely Joined"
LOKA, Taos, NM, "Sydney Cooper" solo exhibit
The Highline, New York City, NY. Selected by Tom Sachs
Del Maguey Bodega, Oaxaca, Mexico, "Amor sin Palabras"
Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, "Beaux Arts Ball"
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, "SITE Unseen IV"
Salon Marr-Graff, Tesuque, NM, "Salon Marr-Graff #4"
SITE Santa Fe Parking Lot, Santa Fe, NM, "Renters"
Salon Marr-Graff, Tesuque, NM, "Salon Marr-Graff #5"
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, "Bloc-Busta Santa Fe"
Plaza Theatre Space, Taos, NM, "Bloc-Busta Taos" (Co-Curator and Participant)
Cruz Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, "Skulls"
Art Lobby, Taos, NM, "Contingencies" (Solo)
Donkey Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, "Coming Down the Mountain II"
Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA, "Joe Goode Fire-Sale"
Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, "Insight Out"
James Kelly, Santa Fe, NM, "SITE Unseen"
Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, "Peace Show"
PhilSpace, Santa Fe, NM, "Peace Show"
Fitzpatrick Project, New York City, NY, "View" (Solo)
Windows Project, Santa Fe, NM, "The Windows Project"
Plan B, Santa Fe, NM, "Collect"
Allied Cultural Prosthetics, New York City, NY, "View" (Solo)
James Kelly, Santa Fe, NM, "SITE Unseen 2"
Plan B, Santa Fe, NM, "Wallworks"
Windows Project, Santa Fe, NM, "The Windows Project"