Cathy Cooper

 Daniel du Plessis

 Leslie Yagar

Hidden Places  

October 16 – December 18, 2010

Opening reception: October 15, 2010 7:00-9:00pm


Cathy Cooper and Daniel du Plessis

New Exhibition in Project Room:

Installation by Leslie Yagar


The Huntington Beach Art Center is presenting an original curated exhibition opening in the main galleries, entitled, Hidden Places.  This contemporary two-person exhibition will feature new sculptural works by Cathy Cooper and new paintings by Daniel du Plessis.  The Artist’s Project Room Series will feature a new site-specific installation by Leslie Yagar.  All three artists share an influence with hidden ideas or objects:  objects that are hidden by tress or over grown ivy, the celestial bodies and what lies beyond in the universe, and the theories involved with extinction.


Cathy Cooper’s mixed media sculptures describe a natural world that grows out of garbage and decay.  Plants have no other plan other than to grow and the rest is incidental.  Through her process, change and movement occur slowly as each sculpture reveals itself in strange forms which correspond to Cooper’s belief in daily changes in our own bodies.  Constructed in bright color combinations, patterns emerge in soft swirling circles and waves representing plant growth or windblown clouds.  Copper’s sculptures are pieced together with fabric, found objects and paper mache.

Cathy Cooper was born in Whittier, California and received her B.A. from the University of California-Long Beach.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she maintains a studio.  Cooper has been working primarily as a costume designer for 22 years collaborating with directors, musicians, commercial advertisers and photographers. 

Daniel du Plessis’s paintings come together in a blend of earth-bound and cosmic imagery to create a visual world which is not always what it seems.  Under the deceptive surfaces and working process, things are exposed or concealed in themes of romantic love, transience and the passage of time.  Du Plessis’ methodology of layering and working from underneath and atop the working surfaces fuses dissimilar components into a believable picture:  growth and decay, beauty and repulsion, fact and fiction, and natural and artificial elements.  Utilizing stencils, sanding and glazing techniques his paintings produce various layers of hidden content.

Daniel du Plessis was born in South Africa and received his M.A. from the University of South Africa-Pretoria and an M.F.A. from California State University-Fullerton.  He currently resides in Long Beach, California where he maintains a studio.  Du Plessis has exhibited throughout California, the United States, Turkey, South Africa and Canada.  His works are in several private and public collections, including the University of South Africa, Vodacom Corporation and Telkom Corporation.

Leslie Yagar’s installations develop from her interest in the ephemeral aspects of nature.  Her work combines unconventional materials such as lint and coffee filters with traditional art making practices such as drawing and painting.  The site-specific installation created at Huntington Beach Art Center focuses on the Uranis sloanus day-flying moth, found only on the island of Jamaica and now extinct, most likely due to lowland forests being cleared for agricultural land during the colonial era.

Leslie Yagar was born in Laramie, Wyoming and received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  She currently resides in Huntington Beach, California. where she maintains her studio.  She has exhibited throughout southern California and has created site-specific installations for private collections.


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