Kevin Cooley’s photography and videos capture the sublime intersection of man and nature. In his video installations, land or sky slowly unfurls before the viewer creating a sense of anticipation, building a quiet narrative; the subject itself is our unacknowledged presence in the landscape. In the gallery, Cooley manipulates the environment to physically affect the viewer, whether building a stack of monitors to imitate a towering bonfire or projecting a tour of the Los Angeles sky on the ceiling. As critic Emily Ng noted, “Cooley coerces both a physical and metaphysical viewing from the audience, preparing a psychological backdrop for the video, then slowly pulling that backdrop away, creating a fully visceral experience.”

With “Remote Nation,” Cooley synched 100 analog televisions in a new but vacant building in New York to his father’s TV in Colorado, visualizing his take on the inherent duality brought about by technology. Cooley explains, “I thought about it after watching my parents watch the same television program in different rooms. Technology can connect you with someone across the world, but when you go out with your friends, you’re still sitting around the table on phones. It tends to isolate us, as well as it connects us.”