Form and Finish: Sculptures by Michael Cooper & John de Marchi
Sunday Feb. 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm;Gallery Talk and Demonstration by Michael Cooper – $7 members; $10 general.
Wednesday Feb. 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm; Panel Discussion: The Life and Work of John de Marchi hosted by curator Satri Pencak with Mike Cooper, Michael McGinnis, Deborah Colotti and others – $7 members; $10 general
Sunday, Mar. 2, 1:30 – 3:30 pm; Michael Cooper will host a tour of his studio for a select group of art lovers. Contact the Arts Center to reserve a place. $50 members; $65 general (includes a signed poster and refreshments).
Form & Finish: Sculptures by Michael Cooper & John de Marchi features the work of two distinguished sculptors. Michael Cooper and John de Marchi maintained an enduring friendship until de Marchi’s passing in 2011. Outside of this friendship they shared a love for tools, quality finishes, superbly designed and crafted objects, as well as teaching what they loved. Cooper and de Marchi are both internationally acclaimed artists who have maintained studios in Sonoma County for many decades. They have each shown their work locally, nationally, and internationally. While each artist possesses his own distinct style and sensibility, both have created sculptures using machine shop tools and mechanical engineering— combining machined components and industrial finishes to produce exquisitely designed sculptural pieces.
The exhibition will also include process videos, working drawings, photographs, and a display of antique hand tools from the de Marchi collection.
Internationally known and legendary master artist, Michael Cooper, is an outstanding sculptor in wood, metal and other materials. Cooper’s work also exhibits brilliance in design and imagination,. This exhibition will highlight a selection of Cooper’s dazzling sculptures, each a phenomenally unique work of art. Michael Cooper lives and works in Sonoma County. A collection of his work has recently been on tour with the Museum of Craft and Design, traveling across the nation, including Bellevue, Washington, Brockton, Massachusetts, and finally, San Francisco in the summer of 2012.
John de Marchi was a long-time Petaluma resident and artist who passed away in May 2011.
John worked in the Art Department at Sonoma State University for over 25 years as a technician and teacher. His work expresses his love of tools, precision, and industrial materials such as metal, acrylic, and magnets. De Marchi exhibited his works both locally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museo Italo Americano, the Iannetti Lanzone Gallery in San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum of California.
Michael Chase, photographer for Cooper’s catalog will be showing work in the community gallery.