Born 1975, Malone, New York
Lives and works in New York
Bjorn Copeland approaches creative acts with thoughtful processes that result in eminently edgy objects. He thinks about our quotidian technologies and products while developing his own fictionalized versions of their inner workings. The result is the upending of found objects. Relying heavily on the idea of collage, he mixes pop culture references with psychedelic patterns and colors, perhaps an overlapping of his life as both artist and musician. Copeland talks about his work as “static animations” - objects on the verge of becoming something else. His body of work reflects on the accumulations of things that populate our current and sometimes overwhelming visual experience.
Bjorn Copeland received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, D’amelio Terras, Daniel Reich and the Gagosian Gallery in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris, France, and at Jack Hanley Gallery’s San Francisco space. Copeland’s experimental band Black Dice was founded in the late 1990s and the group has performed at MFA Boston, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Cartier Foundation in Paris and the Taki Ishii Gallery in Tokyo.