As a kid, Chance Cooper grew up skipping from city to city, eventually finding himself with loose legs in Los Angeles - where he would be raised. Chance's artistic style has been molded by the memories of his life, forgotten and not. His work to date is recognized as a playground for his characters to perform their existential secrets. Chance often uses words and objects within his paintings to guide the viewer to a rabbit hole where they can jump in and create their own fling with the image, all while having their morality tested along the way. In many cases, each recurring visit to a piece will evoke a new dialogue within the mind of the observer, spawning endless narratives. His work celebrates the sacred art of storytelling and his paintings carry the feeling of a page torn from one’s life. With the appearance of a fictional fantasy, the skin of Chance's work is just a layer of what humans do so well of disguising - themselves.
“Erased from a True Story”
“As moments turn into memories, we stash them in the closet of our mind. Some are draped over hangers, visible with every peek, waiting to be flicked through and tried on again. Others are neatly folded, layered inside a drawer, sharing a compartmentalized feeling. The rest are thrown on the floor and kicked to a corner, only to get lost and collect haze.
Even the clearest head doesn’t have enough room in their closet to go shopping for memories every new trend. Eventually our minds have to choose which ones to let go of. When it comes time to clean out the closet, there are some ‘good times’ even Goodwill won’t take. Unfortunately, those must be thrown away.
Until then, this body of work hangs the memories that will be erased from a true story.”
- Chance Cooper