Parts with Appeal - Los Angeles artist Coop's exhibition receives tremendous acclaim and sells out to one collector prior to opening.

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In his first exhibition in nearly five years, LA artist Coop re-examines the imagery that has made him famous into one stunningly giant 78 foot continuous painting.

"Parts with Appeal" by Los Angeles artist Coop opened last Saturday at sixspace to tremendous acclaim. The 78 foot continuous painting and corresponding drawings (accompanied by a soundtrack designed for the show by Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins) is the kind of exhibition that doesn't happen often - when a well-known artist pushes the parameters of what they are known for and creates a truly stunning piece of art. Coop has done just this by re-examining the imagery that has made him famous. Not satisfied with recycling figures or with abandoning his style, Coop has developed his iconic visuals into something fresh.

Inspired by the fragmented commercial imagery of James Rosenquist, Coop has created an incredible 78 foot continuous acrylic-on-canvas painting comprised of thirteen 6x6 foot pieces. But instead of utilizing someone else's pop-culture pictures, he has re-examined his own iconic pop-culture figures by fragmenting them - you have a car grill zoomed in, the texture of a woman's hair, a singular car wheel, and portions of his sexy devil girls. By reassembling these crucial elements, and therefore re-contextualizing them, he has transformed these signifiers into a new whole. Quite simple and most effective - even the title itself (derived from HOT ROD Magazine regularly featured section from the 1050s) denotes that these are the parts of his work that are appealing.

Each individual painting in the exhibition makes up the whole and yet, through a continuation of fragmenting essential parts, each painting can fully stand on its own. Making connections and re-organizing the paintings contributes to the success of powerful imagery and via Parts with Appeal Coop proves that creating art is an evolving process. Emerging and established artists alike should take note from Coop's evolvement and triumph, that this art game is indeed a marathon and not a sprint.

We are inviting arts writers and critics to visit the gallery and view the exhibition either during our regular gallery hours (Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6pm) or via appointment. In the meantime, we also invite you to see the exhibition online where you will also find additional information in the show's official press release. "Parts with Appeal" continues through September 18 and will have a special evening with the artist on September 9 for the first monthly Downtown Art Walk.

sixspace is located at: 549 West 23rd Street in downtown Los Angeles between Figueroa and Flower Streets. Our regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6pm.

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