An interview with David Cooley

An interview with David Cooley

Can you share a bit about your new body of work for ‘Dashing In Headlong‘? What do these new works represent for you?

Sure, Dashing in Headlong represents facing ones fears and not hesitating or over thinking about what it is you have to do.

How did you come to your unique style? Care to talk a bit about the process itself, from sourcing the fabrics to the application of your signature paint spikes?

I first started doing the spikes by experimenting and playing with paint about 5 years ago and it’s slowly expanded it into what I’m doing today, now I’m using basic geometry to achieve curves and depth while interacting with various rendered images. I started painting on fabric around the same time, my girlfriend at the time was designing and sewing purses in our apartment and she had fabric thrown all through out the house, so I would to pin them up on the walls to get them off the floor, that’s when I got inspired by the patterns and images of the fabric to paint on them. I get most of the fabric from Ebay, friends and a fabric shop here in Santa Barbara.

What fuels you to keep creating?

It’s fun, the possibility of where it might take me and to contribute something beautiful, thought provoking and sometimes funny to the world.

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.

I’d have to say a large scale interactive sculpture, like a playground or something.

Favorite item in your studio?

My espresso machine.

What’s with all the pools featured in your works?

The pools are about over coming fears and anxiety. There’s something very exhilarating and calming about diving into the unknown and learning that there wasn’t anything to worry about in the first place.

Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to mention here?

Yeah, Russ Carter a local Santa Barbara artist who’s mentored me though out the years, he’s taught me everything from how to build a house to rendering techniques and LC for all his guidance.

‘Dashing In Headlong’ from David Cooley is on view through this Sat, June 30th at Thinkspace

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