Cohen Gallery

Spring 2014 Cohen Gallery Exhibitions

 

Brown-RISD Dual Degree Annual Exhibit
January 22 - February 12
RECEPTION: January 23, 7-9pm
The show focuses on themes of neighborliness, proximity, and foreign belonging. Students were inspired by manicured and overgrown yards, backyard BBQs and water gun fights, high fives, embracing awkwardness, and bumping into someone and forgetting their name. The Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program is a five-year program in which students are dually enrolled in Brown University and the Rhode Island School of design and may earn a Bachelor of Arts at Brown a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RISD. Since the program began in 2008, the students have continued to host an annual exhibition featuring their work.  Works from the 5th Annual Exhibition can be viewed online at:  http://portfolios.risd.edu/BRDDFULL 

 

Chaise Three
February 19 - March 21
RECEPTION: March 7, 6-8pm
In 2004, a group of students started a multimedia publication called CHAISE as a way to distribute interdisciplinary artworks that normally aren’t seen in the same context, like music and sculpture, film and interactive apps, photography and furniture.  The DVD magazine was a response to a change in the climate of art-related media production and distribution. The media departments were transitioning from Steenbecks to Final Cut Pro and from 16mm to miniDV. They were among the first students to experience high-speed internet in the dorms, but distribution platforms like Vimeo and YouTube had not yet arrived.  Ten years later, those students are still making weird stuff that shouldn’t all fit together.  Chaise Three features artworks by the founders of CHAISE, still crazy after all these years.  

 

Excavations
April 4 - April 30
Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7pm
Lauren Gidwitz ’06, Laini Nemett ’06 and Ellen Uzane Schneiderman ’05 each build, excavate, and de-construct their own work-sites in a studio space in Long Island City that they built themselves. Through various painterly processes, they create their own imagined landscapes - places that could never exist and only exist in the painting space. 


Dispersion
An Installation by Daniel Clayman
May 16 - June 27

Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5-7pm
Light passing through any transparent material is assigned an Abbe Value, a mathematical number expressing how much light is dispersed upon passing through a material with a particular refractive index. Working with the Abbe Value and the ensuing quality of light, Dispersions becomes three things at once: a lens projecting and bending light, a filter changing the color and pattern and an object that redefines the space through its towering presence. As the light shines through the antique glass a stage set is born.  Dappled light, projected by the object, becomes a device to capture a moment, in particular, summer sun  filtering through trees.


 

Fall 2013 Cohen Gallery Exhibitions

 

Ars Necronomica: Mythos and Legacy from the Weird to the Bleak
August 20 - September 13 

Ars Necronomica is a three-part exhibition that will redefine Lovecraft in the visual arts with a body of new work by contemporary fine, commercial and outsider artists in examination of the life and creative output of a literary iconoclast.  Nothing but the expected is off limits.  This series of events is being held in conjunction with NecronomiCon Providence, and exploration of the intersections of the arts and sciences in the creative legacy of author H.P. Lovecraft, being held August 22 - 25, 2013, in his beloved home city of Providence, RI.  

Toluca Editions: 6 Projects
September 26 - October 18

Toluca Editions: 6 projects is the first exhibition (2009) in the United States of the young art publishing house founded in Paris in 2003 by Alexis Fabry and Olivier Andreotti. Each Toluca publication is the result of an intimate collaboration between an artist -using the medium of photography- a writer, and a designer. The artist’s book as we have known it since the early 20th century gives way to a hybrid art object, taking up a novel position in the field. In 2008, the 16 works published by Toluca were exhibited at Mexico City’s Museum of Modern Art in a scenography conceived by Mauricio Rocha one of Mexico’s leading figures in contemporary architecture. Opening: Thursday, September 26 at 5:30pm.

Industrial Evolution: the Art of The Steel Yard's Public Projects
October 28 - November 22
Reception: November 14 @6pm 

This exhibition feature the work of the Steel Yard's Public Projects department. It will display the original concept sketches, models, prototypes and materials used by local artists in the development of community based public art projects throughout Rhode Island. The show will explore these artist’s unique visions while highlighting the work of the many local organizations and municipalities that have funded and commissioned these unique works. The work will span the 10-year history of Steel Yard Public Projects and incorporate the work of over 50 artists, youth interns, students, and community members who contributed to the designs. The opening will be a celebration of local capacity, community efforts and innovation.

Beyond the Box 
December 4 - December 19
Panel Discussion and Reception: December 4th beginning at 6pm 

Thomas Banchoff is a mathematician and geometer who has taught at Brown since 1967.  On the occasion of his retirement from teaching, the Cohen Gallery will host a retrospective on Tom's career, featuring images, video, and recreations of some of Banchoff's most recognizable polyhedrons.  In his years at Brown, Banchoff has worked with faculty from various disciplines. Join us for a panel discussion on December 4th at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium featuring Tom and his collaborators: Richard Fishman (Visual Art), David Laidlaw (Computer Science, Shep Shapiro (Music), Julie Strandberg (Dance), Tom Webb (Geological Sciences), and Arnold Weinstein (Comparative Literature).