Cooper's work is about the dream of a middle-class utopia; its rapid development, failure, and our longing for it. The promise of Fordism was not simply that of a livable wage, but also one of social engineering that extended beyond the factory and into the home. Both his video work and works on paper combine traditional techniques (painting, drawing, stop-motion animation) with computer-aided 3D modeling to create an atmosphere that is both opulent and stark. With imagery including AstroTurf, vinyl-sided houses, and Station Wagons, his work carries a sincere nostalgia for the capitalist utopia of the 20th century and understanding that it was always fated for collapse.