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It Should Always Be This Way

02. Jefferson Campbell-Cooper (Hillsburgh, ON), CITYWORKS, 2014. A Constricycle project.

 

From drawing to sculpture to performance, artist Jefferson Campbell-Cooper’s works share elements of invention and lament in documenting the changing world around us. His practice includes collecting recycling for the City of Toronto with home-made machines, transforming a tourist train car into a TTC Subway car using sound installation, and developing large-scale public mapping projects with the cities of Windsor, Kitchener, and Toronto.

Campbell-Cooper will also be performing with his constricycles on Saturday June 21, 2014, 9PM - 12AM as a part of Summer Lights Art Festival at Kitchener City Hall and along King St. between Young St. and Water St.

Campbell-Cooper has been featured in Nuit Blanche Toronto twice, and is part of the public collections of the City of Kitchener and the University of Guelph. Numerous residencies have led to projects in New Mexico, Texas, the Yukon, Newfoundland, and Connecticut. He has built his own portable foundry, and jokes that an old school bus is his metal-shop. Campbell-Cooper describes himself as investing in the do-it-yourself persevering attitude towards elements of social infrastructure, identity, and wealth. He received hi BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and his MFA from Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas.

Photograph: Robert McNair