Monday, April 13, 2015

Artist Post: Charles Cohen

Charles Cohen is a digital artist from New York. He was born in 1968 in New York, New York. In
1990 Cohen received his BA from the University of Chicago. In 1994  Cohen traveled as an exchange Student to London, Uk, to attend the Royal College of Art. In 1995 Cohen finally received his MFA, with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. From 1997 to 1999 Cohen was in a Core Fellowship Program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Cohen creates art using photographs and removing the subjects from the photographs. The artworks he makes have an implied eroticism to them. You are not able to see what the subjects are doing or even what they look like, but the viewer is able to imply what is happening. The photographs are typically of strange places. these places are either strange in themselves or strange compared to the acts of the subjects in the images.   

The images interest me because of they way that they play on the viewers "dirty mind". The same image shown to a young child would not evoke the same emotion or even be read in the same way. This same principle may be true if one were to show these images to a person from another culture. The image above could be read as a woman simply sitting on a couch. The entire idea behind the images that Cohen creates is that they are culturally influenced. There are many different ways to read the artworks that he creates. 

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