Posts Tagged ‘realism’

  • Perceivings: Depth perception

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster I never tire of looking at art. Even bad art can be instructive, by showing that you can do better than those who are making millions hauling scrap from yards and calling it art. (What really differentiates so much modern “art” from what you see jumbled together at your neighbor’s yard sale?) But sometimes, it’s just as entertaining and enlightening to look at people looking at art. I don’t mean folks muttering fraught pseudo-intellectual claptrap while gawking at a toilet installed in a bare white museum room. I’m referring to art that is, or was, seriously controversial. Unsettling, even, to its audience. The 20th, let alone the 21st, century did not invent disturbing art. Work that was truly groundbreaking likely goes back to some scribe surreptitiously scribbling something outrageous on the walls of the king’s new bedchamber, and then ducking out before it was discovered so he wouldn’t lose his head. I just got back from Paris (I always wanted to be able to say that). Naturally I spent endless hours, accompanied by increasingly sore feet, exploring the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and the Luxembourg museum, and others. I feasted upon works famous and less so, encountering the expected and the unfamiliar. It was while viewing the collection of the much smaller but still notable Petit Palais that I found myself sufficiently intrigued to spend

  • Art Confidential: In the studio with Dana Cohn

    Mar 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Confidential, Portfolio23 CommentsRead More »

    One step over the threshold of Dana Cohn’s home leads directly into the heart of his art studio. The front room that doubles as the Prescott artist’s studio is small but organized. From the table loaded with books and bits picked up from nature walks, to the portable work lamps attached to the ceiling, it’s obvious this space is devoted to creative work. An enormous, glass-topped taboret (i.e. an artist’s cabinet and workstation) dominates the room. Oil paints are already squeezed onto the palette and clean brushes are within reach. A small picture of an elephant is taped to one of workstation legs. It’s upside down — a residual reference for a previous painting. Cohn’s artistic style is difficult to pin down. Most of his work looks like a collage of painted images, each one a fragment of his passion for nature, art, and the internal landscape. Cohn’s art is a cross between surrealism and hyper-realism; it creates a dreamlike snapshot of inner and outer universes. “I like conceptual art, minimalism, all of that. … It’s not something that I’ve ever done,” Cohn says. “I love it all, because it’s all connected.” His pieces often incorporate elements of works by Renaissance and early art masters, animals, and Prescott’s landscapes. Cohn is adept at photo-realism, but it’s not unusual to find abstractions and aspects of different painting techniques within a single

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