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16b - Limited Edition of 20 Photograph

Charles Cohen

United States

Photography, Digital on Other

Size: 7 W x 10.6 H x 0.1 D in

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This piece is face-mounted to UV acrylic glazing and ready to hang. It is in the collection of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Memory casts the past as gone and missing. Longing for what is lost and lacking what completes us, is reinforced by consumer culture. Absence is a fundamental force from which we run and into which we descend in the same gesture. One only needs to alter perception slightly to see how present this phenomenon is. ‍ For example, in the exercise of Buff, the commonplace is rendered abstract by denying the image its original function. A void replaces what is expected. Buff does not have to be based on pornography, but because its intended function is simple, explicit and aligned with urge, the viewing dynamic is thus easily manipulated. Ironically, it is because pornography suggests participation that we can observe the phenomenon of stimulation in a more heighten fashion. Through proxy we can engage in abstraction. ‍ While in most cases Buff is clearly erotic, one finds oneself appreciating the image in ways not common to pornography. This is an effect of abstraction. The color palette, the interaction of light and shadow, negative space, and references to art history contribute to an unexpected beauty. The lines between several dualities become apparent and blurred at once. The background and the subject (foreground), the refined and the crude, the private and the public, and the present and the absent, are exposed as constructs for the viewer to redefine. The viewer is witnesses the dynamic equilibrium between perceiver and perceived. The mere opportunity to alter a conditioned response deconstructs the act of observation as well as the process of abstraction itself.

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Photography:Digital on Other

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:20

Size:7 W x 10.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Charles Cohen (New York, USA) Based in New York, Charles Cohen participated in the Core Fellowship program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston after earning his MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and his BA in Anthropology at The University of Chicago. In addition to traditional photography Cohen uses video, digital imaging and sculpture to explore various aspects of a central theme—the construction of Self and Other. Cohen’s work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Portland, Lisbon, Berlin and Miami. It can be seen in several books including: "Digital Art" by Christiane Paul published by Thames & Hudson, and "CURVE: The Female Nude Now" by Dailey, Meghan et al, published by Rizzoli, and “100 New York Photographers” by Cynthia Dantzic. Cohen's work is in the collections of The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Art Museum in Oregon among other institutions.

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