Elizabeth Cooper is one of the most promising painters around. The 25-year-old New York artist has contributed outstanding works to group shows around town, and in this, her second one person show, curated by Jill Brienza, she presents four large and two small canvases in which she offers a fresh new approach to abstract painting. Her works have a Pop sensibility in which she combines bright, saturated colors and a strong graphic sense. The works are filled with vigorous, spontaneous gestures, but the end result is carefully calibrated.
Almost always using a single background color, such as hot pink, saturated yellow, green or white, Cooper slathers on thick blobs of paint in jarring, contrasted colors. She leaves plenty of breathing room in each image, which often suggests a vast landscape. While the surfaces are activated by color and texture, Cooper balances her gestures with just the right combination of aggression and reconciliation.
Elizabeth Cooper, "New Work," Feb. 24-Mar. 28, 1998, at the Roger Smith Gallery, 142 501 Lexington Ave, New York, N.Y. 10017