M. Ben Cohan

by Sarah Judson July 09, 2012

Illinois painter and art instructor M. Ben Cohan finds his subject matter in everyday scenes that are often overlooked, "the drive to work...the worn paths of Home." "I feel a necessity for painting a brand of scenery that is constantly seen but rarely lovingly gazed upon. The errand route and crosswalk serve us, but do not delight us as imagery -- I am painting the sidewalks: the stages for our conversations. I am painting the meadows: the distances between us." The images shown here are from his "Rurality" series, abstractions of midwest landscapes. "Due to a concerted effort to oppose & distort the conventions of actual space (linear perspective, vanishing points, horizon lines, atmosphere, directional light, etc.) these works present the viewer with a shift in perception. The readability of the image teeters between abstraction & realism, allowing the surface to be gazed at & not through."

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