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Hunterdon Art Museum Presents Nancy Cohen: Precarious Exchange Opening June 10, 2012
Solo show of work by Jersey City based artist working in glass, resin and found objects
Nancy Cohen creates forms that embody opposing forces. Her sculptures, comprised of glass, resin, handmade paper, wax, metal, and other found objects, are rooted in nature and in the world around us. By using materials as diverse as cement, glass and transulscent cords, for example, Cohen explores such opposing themes as fear and desire, and weight and lightness.
For her exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Cohen will show several new works. Her sculpture “Metamorphic Traces” (2012) reflects her interest in how objects appear when they are under water. Installed on the wall, the delicate wire framework holds together glass shapes of various sizes and colors, reminiscent of the fleeting glimpses one gets of objects under water.
“Imperfect Image” (2012) is a glass piece comprised of two mirroring forms. To create this piece, Cohen used a chisel to carve into a log. She then poured hot glass into the log, let it solidify, and removed the glass sculpture. The result is glass that is not perfectly clear; remnants of the original wood form remain rendering a glass piece that, at first glance, looks as if it may have been fabricated in some other material.
For a work produced as part of an earlier series of work, “In Pulverem” (2010), Cohen uses a shopping cart she found in a neighborhood near her home. She dismantled it, removing the actual cart, and covered the remaining “skeleton”
Nancy Cohen’s work is included in many public and private collections. In 2011, she was artist-in-residence at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School in Standwood, Washington. She has received grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, among many others. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. She will exhibit at the Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City from May 18 through June 23, 2012.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC
The Hunterdon Art Museum is located at 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton NJ 08809. The telephone number is 908-735-8415 and the website is www.hunterdonartmuseum.org. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Suggested admission is $5.
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ABOUT THE HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM
The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art and design in a nineteenth century stone mill that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In this unique setting, the Museum, a landmark regional art center since 1952, shows work by established and emerging contemporary artists and offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.