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Kevin Cooley, Skyward, 2012, video, color, sound, 9 minutes 45 seconds. Installation view.

Kevin Cooley

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Kevin Cooley, Skyward, 2012, video, color, sound, 9 minutes 45 seconds. Installation view.

Kevin Cooley’s video Skyward, 2012, has a simple premise: It shows the perspective of a camera mounted to the roof of a car and pointed at a bright, unclouded sky. On a near-ten-minute loop, the video takes us under streetlights, palm trees, and the tops of buildings, ornamented in a beaux-arts style that could mean we’re in Los Angeles. A bee hovers in the frame; birds flash past. The work’s installation, too, is straightforward: The video is projected on a large screen mounted on the ceiling, and viewers watch it while lying on pillows strewn over Astroturf. Together, these elements create enjoyable feelings of weightlessness, of being a child sprawled in the back of a station wagon (when such things were permitted), watching the passing skyscape out the rear window while someone else drives.

But reverie is not entirely the point. Cooley’s intention seems to be, rather, a kind

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