Teddy Bears’ Picnic (2) 2010
C-type Print
gabriellecooper.co.uk

Whilst pursuing a degree in Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Art in 2010, Gabrielle Cooper began an internship at THECUBE London which led to inspire and further ignite her eagerness in creative collaboration. Her internship at THECUBE quickly led to her obtaining the position of Resident Curator and building a desire to want to create and work towards a space in which people could share their love of creative and free expression.

Describe Leap Into The Void – Arts in one sentence? 
The aim of LITVoid is to build a positive core and refuge of weird and wonderful ideas, and to most importantly share it with everyone and anyone with a love for the arts.

Why have you chosen to call it Leap Into The Void?
The title came about from a famous photograph by Yves Klein. I was introduced to the image as a teenager, studying art at 6th form, and it has been my favourite piece of art since. The image, to me, evokes so much positivity. The figure that leaps out of his window shows confidence, and belief in his ability to fly/soar. I want to inspire others with the same feelings that this one image gives me.

What makes an artist or piece of art stand out to you?
I am attracted to a genuine aspect to work or artists’ way of working. I’m not necessarily interested in having a ‘deeper’ meaning to the artwork, clichés, or having the artwork become some sort of spectacle. Well…. I don’t mind if it does fit into those categories as long as it feels genuine and the artist appears to have a real passion for creating that specific type or piece of work. There are too many people today that create work just for attention’s sake.

How would you define Art? 
I don’t think it can be defined and I don’t think I want it to be either. I try not to confine Art to its traditional mediums, I like that it is ever-changing. When a subject is defined suddenly there are too many constraints. It is boring to say this but Art really is subject to each individual/viewer. My personal opinion is Art needs to engage with viewers, get us to question things, partake in the ideas behind it and challenge what we know.

Any final words? To emerging artists? 
As cliché as it sounds, just be yourself. Stick with what interests you. Don’t be secretive about your ideas, let them run free and if someone should take it just let that be your challenge to create and build on new ideas. Sharing will always stimulate and push for new concepts and don’t be afraid of collaboration!

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch: info@leapintothevoid.co.uk