Winter 2016, Haldan Gallery Exhibition


Research & Desire: Recent Videos and Paintings by Cynthia Hooper



Video still for Humedales Artificiales: Three Transnational Wetlands (Las Arenitas), Baja California, 2012


Research & Desire: Recent Videos and Paintings by Cynthia Hooper
Dates of Exhibition: January 14th – March 18th, 2016
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, January 14th, 5- 7pm with an Artist’s talk at 5:30pm in the gallery

Cynthia Hooper’s videos, paintings, and essays interpret water, energy, urban and agricultural landscapes in the United States and Mexico. She patiently documents these sites’ compelling perceptual and metaphorical characteristics, and also investigates their many political and environmental contingencies. Her work proposes a nuanced, reflective, and often sympathetic reception for the places she studies, and also advocates for the efforts of regional laborers, activists, and researchers who tactically refashion their complex geography.

This exhibition for the Haldan Gallery features ten observational documentary videos about dams and water use in California and Mexico, dramatic industrial landscapes in Baja California, and the timber and fishing industries in California’s Humboldt Bay. The exhibition also includes videos and paintings that explore the resourcefully improvised domestic dwellings and infrastructure of Tijuana’s informal communities. Also featured are a suite of videos, paintings, and essays about the isolated and fragmented (yet remarkably resilient) remaining wetlands of the once vast Colorado River Delta in Mexico. This exhibition in its entirety represents nearly ten years of creative work that examines the geographical region between Southern Oregon and Baja California Sur.

Cynthia Hooper has exhibited her work at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Centro Cultural Tijuana, and MASS MoCA, among many other national and international venues. Her recent publications include Arid: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology and The New Explorers by Kristin Timken. Cynthia has also been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, as well as grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Gunk Foundation. She lives in Northern California and is a Professor of Art at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.


04 G4 C5, 2008, oil on panel, 9"x12"


Still for The Last Mill, 2015, single-channel color video, running time: 6 minutes


Watershed with Pink Barrel, 2006, watercolor on paper, 9"x12"