January 22 – March 5, 2016
SAVE THE DATE:
Reception & Artist’s Talk with Nancy Cohen:
Third Friday, February 19, 2016, 5p.m.–8p.m.
Artist’s Talk begins at 6pm.
(Rescheduled from January 22, due to inclement weather)
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Exploring Nancy Cohen’s large-scale installation Hackensack Dreaming is to enter a world constructed by the human hand through manipulation of raw materials, a parallel not unlike the reality of the Mill Creek Marsh in the Meadowlands of Secaucus, New Jersey, from which Cohen derives her inspiration. In a subtle self-referential manner, the organic ingredients that constitute the hand-made paper and glass – the major components in the installation – are documents of the natural world.
“This installation is in no way meant to reproduce the landscape,” Cohen writes in her artist statement. The work is not a documentary of the Mill Creek Marsh, Hackensack River or The Meadowlands. A photograph, film or landscape painting would be more readily accepted as such. However, Hackensack Dreaming is rife with referential essence: translucent glass objects hint at a cedar forest, poking up through the water on an icy New Jersey day, and liquid rubber poured on the paper, suggests, interchangeably, a wet or toxic surface. The installation, instead, serves as a document to the soul of the marsh and its own constructed reality.
“I want the viewer to move through Hackensack Dreaming discovering and finding connections – compelled by the beauty and strangeness,” Cohen says. Discovering, likewise, the fragility and strength found in both the installation and natural world by means of physical experience. Through conscious levels of manipulation of materials, Cohen “makes literal the delicate, ephemeral balance” of the marsh. The audience is invited to walk among the work, either by the narrow path at the center of the installation, or by delicately placing one’s feet among the glass sculptures and maneuvering one’s body through the realities of Hackensack Dreaming.
The traveling exhibit was curated by Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director/Associate Professor of Art History, New Jersey City University Galleries.
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Nancy Cohen’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is represented in important collections, such as The Montclair Museum, The Newark Public Library, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery and The Zimmerli Museum. She has completed numerous large-scale, site-specific projects including for Thomas Paine Park in lower Manhattan, The Staten Island Botanical Garden at Snug Harbor, The Ross Woodward School in New Haven, CT, The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ, The Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY, Park HaGalil in Karmiel, Israel, and most recently for Howard University in Washington DC. She has collaborated with scientists and poets including Shirley Tilghman and Jim Sturm of Princeton University, JeanMarie Harman and Holly Grace Nelson of Rutgers University and performance poet Edwin Torres of New York City. Her most recent collaboration “Between Seeing and Knowing” with glass artist Anna Boothe was begun during a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Cohen’s work has been reviewed in books and periodicals, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, ArtNews, American Craft, Glass Quarterly and Sculpture Magazine. Her many awards include four fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, two from the Brodsky Center, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and a workspace residency from Dieu Donné. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, The Archie Bray Foundation, The Pilchuck Glass School and The Studio at Corning. Nancy Cohen was born in 1959 in Queens, NY and raised in Queens and New Rochelle, NY. Cohen received her MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1984 and her BFA in ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. In 1984 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME. She currently teaches at Queens College and Pratt Institute.