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The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of th e Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine\, a catch in the voice\ , a faint sensation of a distant memory\, as if we were falling from a grea t height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. --Carl Sagan

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The Cohen G allery is pleased to announce Falling from Great Height s\, a group exhibition featuring photographic works by Siri Kaur\, John Knuth\, and Heather Rasmussen. While each of the three Los Angeles-based artists owns a distinct style\, a ll have a fascination with photography as a vehicle to abstract locations a nd space.  Each artist’s work transcends the materials used to dislocate th e viewer by means of manipulation\, scale\, and movement. All of them engag e with the sublime\, the beauty and fear of the spectacle of nature and the unknown. This poetic leitmotif draws their work together\, however each ar tist manifests this in different ways.  

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Siri Kaur will show images from her Half of the Whole series—a photographic exploration of deep spa ce through a telescope lens. She manipulates the color and depth of the cel estial forms with chemicals in the darkroom to create new images that look like “real” photographs of distant galaxies. With this series the artist pl ays with photography’s uncanny ability to dislocate space and time. Kaur re ceived her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is currently a n Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design. Her work will be i ncluded in the forthcoming 2013 California Triennial of Photography.  

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J ohn Knuth’s Polaroid images from High Harbor and Faded Siren\ , are based upon a simple process of photographing survival materials that echo patterns in the natural world. The result yields little jewels of one- of-a-kind Polaroid prints. High Harbor includes abstract images of c rumpled\, light-reflecting Mylar blankets tossed into the night sky and upo n being photographed result in abstract images of what could be glimmering mountains and valleys. Faded Siren exposes billowing clouds of orang e smoke from emergency flares photographed with flash that cause fractal pa tterns in the black night sky. Knuth’s corresponding video displays his pra ctice of working with the smoke flares in the desert landscape. Knuth was t he director of Circus Gallery from 2007 to 2010.  He has shown his work in Sweden\, Germany\, Denmark\, Iceland and Mexico and at the Los Angeles Coun ty Museum of Art\, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and in galleries in Los Angeles\, Chicago and San Francisco.  He received an MFA from USC.  

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DestructConstruct by Heather Rasmussen is a series inspired by the art ist’s ongoing investigation into shipping container disasters as systems of dysfunction. Colorful\, handmade paper sculptures are stacked\, scattered or crumpled into formations that replicate found images on the Internet of actual cargo accidents. These abstracted incidents remove the viewer from a dangerous scene and into an exploration of shape\, color and pattern with deceivingly fragile materials\, representing the delicate foundation of man ’s trophies to globalization.  Heather received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago\, Mixed Greens in NYC and numerous galleries across the country.

DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20140712T195307 DTSTART:20130328 GEO:34.0760162;-118.3500916 LOCATION:Cohen Gallery\,7354 Beverly Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90036 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Falling from Great Heights\, Siri Kaur\, John Knuth\, Heather Rasmu ssen UID:265071 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130328T210000 DTSTAMP:20140712T195307 DTSTART:20130328T190000 GEO:34.0760162;-118.3500916 LOCATION:Cohen Gallery\,7354 Beverly Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90036 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Falling from Great Heights\, Siri Kaur\, John Knuth\, Heather Rasmu ssen UID:265072 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR