Helen S. Cohen
Feasting - Color and Abstraction
April 1 through May 15, 2009
Ten years ago, award-winning filmmaker Helen Cohen discovered her passion and talent for painting. Cohen speaks of her painting’s intuitive development:
“…driven by a love of color and the sheer joy that comes from the immediate, non-cerebral application of paint to a blank surface; …intrigued by simple, natural forms that interact in subtle and not so subtle ways evoking moods and emotions - the personality, volume and energy they convey in different configurations. …The varied qualities and gestures of lines — how they meander around the canvas, connecting some shapes, setting others apart; …joyful ,mysterious and odd …unfolding as an intimate conversation between form, color, line, negative space and my inner emotional world”.
While her statement does not address her double talent as filmmaker and painter, Helen Cohen’s paintings join the two disciplines. Her compositions incorporate the filmmaker’s linear orchestration of visual elements into a painter’s compressed, imagery. Cohen’s paintings are a movie in one frame. Viewers are permitted to set a stage, compose a plot, and determine a scene’s feelings and intonations. Cohen provides the essential elements - character, feeling, color, space, and rhythm; Viewers draw the storyboard.
Artist's Reception: Sunday, April 5, 2009, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Paintings exhibited are available for immediate try-out, rental, or purchase.
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