Join Woodbury School of Architecture at WUHO Gallery for the Unnatural Histories exhibition by Patrick Nickell and Bernard Cooper. Unnatural Histories features the work of both artists, as well as an essay by poet and Guggenheim Fellow Amy Gerstler, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Patrick Nickell received a B.A. in Art from Linfield College 1983, M.F.A. in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in 1985. Solo exhibitions include: LACE (1988), Sue Spaid Fine Art (1990,91), Michael Kohn Gallery (1993), Kohn Turner Gallery (1994,96,97), SolwayJones (2002), Acme (2004, 2016), College of Creative Studies University of California at Santa Barbara (2005) and Rosamund Felsen Gallery (2008,11,13,14) Suburban Milwaukee (2017). In 2003 a traveling mid-career survey of his work curated by Julie Joyce titled “Patrick Nickell, Built for Speed, A Sculpture Survey”, chronicled his early work as a sculptor over a fifteen-year period 1988–2003 originating at the Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles traveling to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University and the University of Texas, San Antonio. In 2014 Patrick Nickell received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2015 was Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood WA. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University; Berkeley Art Museum, University of California. Laguna Beach Museum of Art. He is currently Associate Professor School of MCD at Woodbury University.
Bernard Cooper received his BFA and MFA from The California Institute of the Arts. He is the author of six books, including The Bill from My Father, Truth Serum, and most recently My Avant-Garde Education, published by W.W. Norton. Cooper is the recipient of the 1991 PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, the 1995 O. Henry Prize, a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship in Literature, and a 2004 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays of 1988, 1995, and 1997, 2002, and 2008, as well as in magazines and literary reviews including, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life.”
In 2015 Bernard Cooper was the Visiting Writer in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa’ s writing program. Cooper’s visual art in 2013 was exhibited in the Emerging Artists section of Photo LA, a solo exhibition at The Miami Dade College of Art and Design in 2015 and a two-person exhibition with sculptor Lloyd Hamrol at The Pacific Design Center in 2018.
Amy Gerstler is a poet who, in addition to publishing several books of poetry, has also written fiction, nonfiction, and journalism, and has collaborated with visual artists.
Scattered at Sea (Penguin, 2015), was longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award.Dearest Creature (Penguin, 2009) was one of The New York Times‘s “100 Notable Books of 2009,” and was short listed for the L.A. Times Book Prize in Poetry. Crown of Weeds(Penguin, 1997) received a California Book Award, and Bitter Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997) won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Gerstler’s other published works include Ghost Girl (Penguin, 2004), Medicine (Penguin, 2000), and Nerve Storm (Penguin, 1993).
Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry anthology. She wrote monthly reviews in Artforum from 1988 to 1998, was guest editor of The Best American Poetry in 2010, and has written exhibition catalog essays for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2018 she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Poetry.