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May 1, 2006

Charles Cohen, Digital Artist

I found with the first few artists I researched that their other work wasn’t nearly as interesting as that featured in the book. Charles Cohen proved be a bit of a relief. Check this guy out! He’s so cool!:

I found his artwork very intriguing, with concepts like those I strive for: a bit different, obscure, but thought out and solid. The time and care he puts into his work is evident, but what I like most about it and his presentation is that this level of skill isn’t unattainable to someone like myself and many other students I know who are passionate about art and are doing it because they feel they’re not nearly as connected to anything else. I remember reading Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke in high school, and he says something along the lines of, “ I write because I feel I have no other choice, “ or something like that, something to imply he wouldn’t be content or satisfied with himself if he wasn’t writing and there would always be something missing from his whole if he didn’t write. And I think that can somehow be applied to how people like charles cohen feel about art. Sure he got his name in a digital art book, but that really doesn’t mean all too much. He probably will never be that famous – comfortable with an income of tuition and nice gallery shows, but never famous. This status of a successful, but not that well known artist is something attainable to all who devote themselves with passion to art. And that charles cohen brings me to this realization, this realization that I can as an artist have fun with my work, pursue these a bit off-beat projects, and still have enough money to own a computer to share them, is what I like most about his work.

Ok, that last sentence may have sounded like a conclusion, but it wasn’t, because I need to tell you that chales cohen can be found on pg. 38 in the digital technologies as a tool section of Digital Art , and also, as far as background information goes, he’s pretty young. His biography on his site is down at the moment, but I recall from reading it before only that he got his B.A. from somewhere I didn’t think sounded too important, and his masters from somewhere i thought sounded pretty important. Perhaps RI School of Design.

I know that the odds of anyone in class actually reading this are slim, since only three people had to leave a comment in my blog and two of whom are already done, and it’d be impressive if that last person made it this far, but if you have (bless your cotton socks!) I would like to make it a bit easier for you to view some of charles’ work, since I find it highly unlikely that I’m going to be able to convince you to go to his site on top of all this. That extra click is just too much for most people.
Here’s a project I was impressed by followed by his artist statement:
Take, for example, the instant in which you, looking out the side window of a car, passing a billboard sign on the highway, are only able to see its profile: a meaningless, vertical stitch in a stream of information. I adore this instant. During the moment of a profile, I am suspended in the slender eternity between two opposing sensations: the alienation of not knowing the face, and the spirituality of not needing to know who or what that is. The alienation, is in fact, the source of the pleasure. Content as a nomad, I need not know that (or even where I am), only having felt alone. The images on the wall are motion pictures from an endless car ride. These are pictures of that. Ultimately, that is both the information hidden from view and the displaced viewer. That, on the wall, is an alienated self in a fragmented void and the cumulative sum of gestures that consolidates an identity. That is a dialogue with oneself.