The theme of the show is meant to draw awareness to bullying and cyberbullying. Cooper has confirmed over 70 artists from around the world to participate in the show. Paintings, drawings, custom toys, and prints expressing the artists’ view of bullying will be on display. Part of the proceeds from the show will be donated to GLIDE (Gays and Lesbians Initiating a Dialog for Equality) and CHIME Institute (an organization dedicated to inclusive education where kids of all abilities learn together).
I really didn’t know how I would paint my style to depict my view of bullying, so I went for a very abstract concept. I designed a piece in my usual totem style, but used what I felt are very different colors than what I usually do. In a sense painting a figure that would stand out as possibly odd to some, but underneath the color is essentially the same as the others.
The show opens on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 from 6pm-10pm.