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Percent for Art

   Diana Cooper

Out of the Corner of My Eye, 2009, Acrylic Paint, MDF, Wood, Nida-core, Glass


Out of the Corner of My Eye

Completion Date:



Acrylic Paint, MDF, Wood, Nida-core, Glass


2000 sq ft


IS HS 43 - Jerome Parker Campus


100 Essex Drive, Staten Island


Susan Rodriguez/Polshek Partnership Architects

Sponsor Agency:

Department of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

Americans for the Arts cited her permanent Percent for Art Project "Out of the Corner of My Eye" as one of the best public art projects of 2009. She has also been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2008), the Prix de Rome (2003-04), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2000), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2000).

Out of the Corner of My Eye incorporates imagery drawn from nature, technology, and my imagination. I wanted to create a visual environment that was abstract but at the same time suggestive of things in the world.  Like an enormous drawing, the work presents episodic and mutating imagery echoing the meandering quality of the viewer's movement and mind as he or she traverses the space.  My hope was to create an environment that immersed the viewer on both micro and macro levels.

Out of the Corner of My Eye has no beginning and no end.  For me, its sense of endlessness mirrors the non-linear nature of education. I wanted to emphasize, in abstract language, how education is an ongoing process, which continues throughout a person's life. And how, like making art, it is associative in nature.  In my previous pieces, I have been concerned with the inner workings of the mind: the impulse to play, to invent, and to change.  These same impulses are central to this work. I am particularly concerned with systems and patterns that possess an almost labyrinthine-like complexity. For example, the visual display of quantitative information.  In conceiving this piece, I looked at graphing devices ranging from the eighteenth-century French Encyclopedia to the recent IBM History Flow Project that maps the creation of wiki pages on the Internet.

About the Artist...
Diana Cooper is a New York-based artist best known for large-scale installations that blur the distinctions between drawing, painting, and sculpture. Ms. Cooper has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. In 2007, she had a 10 year survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.

Ms. Cooper is represented by Postmasters Gallery. She has also had solo shows at the Drawing Room and Hales Gallery in London; Chapter in Cardiff; Galerie Staub in Zurich; Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles; and Numark Gallery in Washington D.C. She has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art  (Altria); the Brooklyn Museum; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; the Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen; the Sharjah Museum of Art, U.A.E; the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs; and P.S. 1 /MOMA.

She received her B.A. from Harvard College and M.F.A. from Hunter College. Ms. Cooper has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Princeton University, and the School of Visual Arts. In 2011, she will be teaching at Cooper Union.

Artist Quote...
I want my art work to be both vital and vulnerable, like an ice cream cake in the sun.