This is more than pasting found images on cardboard. This is a creative process, a reimagining of commercial imagery that is meticulous and thoughtful.
The imagery comes from still life that many of us see every day—images of candles and skulls along with a touchable realness make the work transformative of its subject matter. But he has moved on from simple commercial imagery and made a series of women in front of a mirror. The viewer is left to determine whether these images show women from the past, the present or from no specific time period.
Hooper hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and lives in New York. His BFA is from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and his MFA is from the University of Georgia. I feel, as a University of Florida graduate, I should say something derogatory about UGA. But I won’t.