Works that my advanced students created under individualized guidance.
“Kopp creates projection installations in public spaces, challenging the political and social issues affecting the Southern U.S. LGBTQ community. Past installation sites have included the office of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, Kentuckiana Pride Festival, and the Louisville Palace Theatre. Currently, Kopp is obtaining his Master’s of Fine Arts Degree at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) with an emphasis on Art and Social Practice.
In the summer 2016, Kopp was diagnosed HIV Positive. Since his diagnosis, Kopp has focused his research on sociopolitical issues plaguing the HIV Positive community. Employing the conceptual framework of glitch theory, Kopp analyzes the politics and process of HIV transmission through production of contemporary queer visual and social practice art.”
I am interested in the history of what abandoned spaces to be and what kind of story they have to tell. Inspiration comes form the house-to-house ministry that was done as a kid. We walked through neighborhoods and they would be rundown and be destroyed but there were still occupants. As a young child I could never understand why someone would live in those conditions, now I understand that circumstances don’t always permit nice living conditions. I am more interested in the relationship of how these buildings came to be abandoned and why. The photographs in this series are eerie and unsettling, but yet simple and interesting. By compositing images the viewer is forced to look what lies within the main image.
Statement for Operation Series:
Through the multiple medias of installation, videography, performance, and photography, Operation confronts the unrealistic standards imposed on women; taking the trivial ritualistic tasks women experience on a day-to-day basis. This includes, but is not limited to, shaving, make up, hair styling, etc. Operation places these everyday routines in an intensified context by replicating an operation room, typically used for cosmetic plastic surgery, and comparing these modern beautification processes to that of surgical body modification. In hopes of bringing attention to the perceived notion of beauty, Operation stands as a peek into the warped reality these expectations put women through mentally and physically from birth to death.
performance, video and photography
hand-processed Super 8mm film
double channel video
four channel video