Brian Cooper is from San Francisco and currently lives in Los Angeles. He earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the University of Southern California. His work has been exhibited at several galleries in Los Angeles like Acuna Hansen, Circus Gallery, Cirrus Gallery, Sam Lee Gallery, Track 16, Post, Raid Projects, LACE, Jaus, BG Gallery, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Fellows of Contemporary Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Cooper’s work has been included in several shows in New York including “Fuel for the Fire” curated by Dawn Kasper, i:23 Yokohama Triennale, curated by Kio Griffith in Tokyo and Yokohama, as well as “Ducks”, curated by Ryan Travis Christian at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, and “Archaic Revival” curated by Dani Tull at Zic Zerp Gallery in Rotterdam. He has also shown at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Green Gallery in Milwaukee, De Parel Gallery in Amsterdam, the Torrance Museum of Art and a solo show at the University of California Riverside.
His work has been featured in national and international publications like “Beautiful Decay”, “Hi-Fructose”, “New American Paintings”, “Artweek”, “Artillery”, Spain’s “Rojo Magazine”, “Juxtapoz” and France’s “Le Monde Diplomatique”. Cooper has also been interviewed by blogs and “Cantanker” art magazine from Austin, TX and the French art blog “According to Proust”. His work was also included in the L.A. Weekly’s 2008 Biennial, “Some Paintings” and is a recipient of the 2009 West Prize in Philadelphia.
Recently, he was commissioned by The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to design 2 interactive sculptural works for The Music Center’s event “Sleepless”. Cooper also was recently commissioned to compose a song for artist Mark Dean Veca’s installation, “Virgil’s Vestibule” at the Long Beach Museum of Art and The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
Cooper has also been creating and recording several types of music for several years and in 2012 began integrating his art practice with his music project called “Earth Like Planets”. He has produced zines of his drawings, made videos, and created sculptures with masks and headdresses, that build a strange multimedia environment on stage. His performances are some times solo where he plays with sequenced drum machines and synthesizers while on vocals and guitar. He also regularly performs with fellow musician, Timmy Jordan, on drums. Their sound has been described as a little like Devo mixed with Joy Division.
Earth Like Planets has performed at many music venues, festivals, and art spaces such as The Echo where he opened for Innovative Leisure’s “De Lux”, Human Resources in Chinatown with Adam Forkner’s “White Rainbow”, and at Doug Harvey’s “Perform Chinatown”. He has also performed at places like KCHUNG radio, The Satellite, Silverlake Lounge, Los Globos, Lot 1, Don Bolles’"Ye Olde Hush Club" @Hyperion Tavern, Charlie James Gallery, Honey Trap, 18th Street Art Center, Jaus, Bergamot Station, The Torrance Art Museum and Cal Arts. In 2013, he performed in Austin, TX during SXSW as well as festivals in Joshua Tree and Ojai as well as Amnesia in San Francisco and Love Craft in Portland. Earth Like Planets’ show at The Echo was reviewed by Brad Roberts’ “Radio Free Silverlake” music blog. His songs have been played on dozens of college radio shows like KALX in Berkeley and KXLU in Los Angeles. His self-titled EP was also reviewed by bay area music blogger “Disaster Amnesiac”.
Earth Like Planets will be releasing their first Full length album in Spring 2017. The album will also have a companion art book that contains drawings and illustrations for each song on the record.