It all started like this.... While working as a slave for JPMorgan Chase, 25-year-old Mitchell Cooper made a small drawing in his cubicle out of boredom. A month latter he had transformed his cubicle into a installation piece that incorporates 54 individual drawings and conceptual pieces that are all conversing with one another on the ordinariness and ridiculousness of life in the modern workplace – he calls it “Cube Fever”.
Shortly after his first creation, and after quitting his job, Cooper began making work in a small studio located on East 11th Street in the East Village of lower Manhattan.
Cooper’s early work consists of large scale collages and installations that involve an honest questioning of all doctrines that drain life’s energies, however socially prevalent they may be: marriage, love, success, education, religion and happiness to name a few. His goal when creating a collage is to break down the truth to the “root level.”
Soon after, Cooper had outgrown the East Village space and relocated to a much larger studio in a converted chocolate factory on the corner of West Broadway and Canal Street.
Since moving into the SoHo studio, Cooper has been fortunate enough to work with some of the top runway models in the world. Over the past two years he has begun a series of portraits and sculptures of some of the nicest girls in town.
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--- "Cube fever" --- In 2007, Cube Fever was constructed over the course of a 12 month period and was located at my old cubicle in a secured floor of JPMorgan Chase at 349 5th Avenue in New York City. Small drawings, office weapons and various forms of mixed media are all conversing with each other on the ordinariness and ridiculousness of life in the modern workplace.
Cube Fever 1
Cube Fever 2
Cube Fever 2 - Three blind Mice Pad, Booby Traped Staplers (for tom hennessey's desk), Rubik Cube Girl and more.
Cube Fever 3
Cube Fever 3
Cube Fever 4
Cube Fever 4 - A singing bird with his beak cut off and a coffee stirrer through the neck.
Cube Ferver 5
A drawing of JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, hanges on the cubicle glass. It is not making fun of him, he is good at his job and I'm sure he enjoys it; it is what he was born to do. But like Hitler, he has us all brainwashed into thinking our jobs are important. He sends out mass emails that have a header, "A message from Jamie Dimon." This drawing has a quote that says, "Please continue to think your jobs are important, A message from Jamie Dimon." In this image you can also see the blue balloon that has a sad face drawn on it. A small fan blowing on it gives the appearance of a balloon looking over Cooper's sholder and shaking its head left to right in disgust as he sits in his cubicle wasting his life away.
"Here Comes the Snow" is an innovative outdoor light installation taking place in New York City during the first snowfall of the season. Mirrors will reflect a single high-powered laser beam from the tops of five land-marked SoHo buildings along West Broadway from Canal to Houston Street. descending snowflakes will illuminate as they fall upon the beam, which will create a mesmerizing sparkling effect for all to see.