May 25th 2018

Gabriel Cohen: On the Construction of the Heavens

@ New Works

3403 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

Opening Friday, May 25th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, June 24th

New Works is proud to present Gabriel Cohen’s first solo exhibition in Chicago: On The Construction of the Heavens.

I see us crowning massive mountains, on the back of titans and turtles, at either ends of dangling golden chains, atop massive trees beyond endless oceans or within meteorite – impact craters hurtled millions of miles through space. The current work exists in between the conception of maps for the body based on the heavens and maps of the heavens based on the body. How do we delineate the boundaries of an experience not yet lived but clearly suggested? Certainly the mirror is two-fold when mapping the heavens.

In a sparsely multilayered environment Cohen’s work manages to deliver materially without compromising the diagrammatical intelligibility of his concerns. Utilizing a seemingly tactile approach to making he marks the empirical relapse of systems of belief from different origins and their return/departure from the human body. Pencil drawings, meteorite debris and rubber; radio transmitters, high-density foam and other fabrication-shop paraphernalia creates a cohesive idiosyncratic amalgam. These personal idioms and the prevalence of material elements that live amid the fabricated and the handled stand in contention of (and occasionally mirror) current vocabularies proper from a local scene that turns global and vice-versa because aren’t we all under the same sky? –he mumbled– while the boat hull slid through the wet sand.

Gabriel Cohen graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 2017). Currently he lives and works in Chicago.

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