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Form and Vision

Cohen, Nathan (2001) Form and Vision. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Cohen, Nathan

This exhibition was the first public presentation and culmination of a consistent series of works made charting rigorous research in the studio between 1999-2001. It explored a systematic structuring and ordering of elements within and beyond the picture plane, investigation of colour in relation to two and three-dimensional structure, relationships between symmetrical and asymmetrical form, and illusion and reality in abstract pictorial representation of space.

The exhibition marked a significant development in my work with the compression of real three-dimensional structures into a quasi two-dimensional form, allowing for interplay and experimentation between sculptural and pictorial form challenging preconceived notions of how we view surface, volume and void. Allowing the image to define its own edge rather than be prescribed by a picture-window frame imparts an architectonic quality to the work with light becoming a structural element within the reading of each piece.

The work in the exhibition also explored the relationship between monochromatic and polychromatic invention, and how this challenges perception of space with particular reference to depth and volume.

The work is informed by a desire to make real that which is visually illusional, with conscious reference to Native American, African and Japanese abstraction but is ultimately formed by a synthesis of experience gained by the processes of looking, making, study and interpretation.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 22 February 2001
Related Publications: Semir Zeki: ‘Nathan Cohen - Form and Vision’ catalogue (ISBN: 1 870280 83 0)
Event Location: Annely Juda Fine Art, London,
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Annely Juda Fine Art, London22 February 2001
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:43
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2010 15:10
Item ID: 1456
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1456

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