Joseph Cohen

Joseph Cohen investigates and invents the basic language of painting, from support to surface. His recent “Propositions,” are on birch supports with forty-five degree angled sides. This unique framing style dynamically levitates the painting from the wall. The shadow cast by the painted surface is as important as the surface itself, forcing us to question our understanding of the definition of painting. Cohen's beguiling surfaces aren't a quick read; they have been brushed with hundreds of layers of paint composed of pigment, gold, platinum, silver, and diamond dust. This accumulation of materials creates internal reflections that illuminate the works from within. Cohen is also conscious of the weight of the paint that he uses. Its density is great, thus the work seems to viscously ramble down the canvas. Curtains of paint hang in suspended drips, crenellating the edges.