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From Mounds to Memory

by Lori Zimmer
Trenton Doyle Hancock has spent a majority of his career creating works based on a Darger-esque fantastical narrative of his mind--the world of the meat-loving Mounds and their evil counterparts, the Vegans. For his latest show, “ …And Then It All came Back to me” at James Cohan Gallery, the artist has departed from his ten-year narrative focus, and instead decided to delve into the long tradition of creating work based on personal memory. The subject of analyzing the self may induce eye rolls for some serious art collectors, but Hancock continues to make complicated constructions, while infus... [more]
Posted by Lori Zimmer on 11/29/12
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Space Invader

by Aldrin Valdez
Ghostly hybrids and uneasy, shifting spaces characterize the hand-drawn animations created by the Japanese artist Tabaimo in her solo show at James Cohan Gallery. DANDAN isn’t a conventional show of animated films. It is comprised of three short video-and-sound installations (the longest is about four-and-a-half minutes long), running on loop and projected on the surfaces of darkly lit rooms which further evoke a sense of haunting. There is also a series of small works (tetege, 2011) using human hair, pigskin, and ink, which underscore Tabaimo’s occupation with the body, but the gallery presen... [more]
Posted by Aldrin Valdez on 9/25/11
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Reflections from the East

by Charlie Schultz
'Tis the season of the MFA group show, in my opinion the most democratic of art exhibitions. Why? Because the artworks are supremely individualized, the only binding relationship being one of relatively minor consequence: these artists are fellow graduates; they are peers. And that’s it. There are no key themes or hot topics. If conceptual or aesthetic linkages occur it can generally be chalked up to coincidence or perhaps early signs of a possible zeitgeist. These shows are about individual artists showcasing their best work, each in its own right. If you like a piece it’s often simply because... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 6/26/11
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The Need to Transgress

Last year, the artist Yun Fei Ji came to meet with a group of young people I was working with at the Museum of Modern Art. He was rather shy and spoke matter-of-factly about the incredibly detailed and large painting the students were observing. His presence echoed his painting style — subdued but filled with incredibly colorful stories. Ji paints in a traditional Chinese painting style (specifically from the Song Dynasty that begun over a thousand years ago). Amazing to think that they can be so fresh while using the same materials (mineral dyes on mulberry paper) that artists have used for... [more]
Posted by Nathan Sensel on 3/15/10
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To Each Their Own

by Charlie Schultz
If you put three site-specific installations that were meant to stand-alone in a single gallery space do you have three separate exhibitions or one group show? Is it possible that artists participating in a group exhibition could declare that each one of them was actually having a solo show at the same time and in the same place? If it seems like a rhetorical impossibility, stop and see Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, Martha Colburn at the James Cohan’s Gallery. Each of these three artists has taken over a separate section of the gallery’s space and recreated installation pieces from the last two yea... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 9/28/08
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Alison Elizabeth Taylor on the Fringes

by Yaelle Amir
Alison Elizabeth Taylor’s new works on view at James Cohan Gallery display a myriad of contradictions, beginning with the very surface upon which her narratives unfold. While her notable wood inlay technique brings to mind traditional high-end decorative art objects, the stories that unfold within it focus on utopian communities that have deserted the comforts of an affluent life for living on the fringes of society. In Room – decisively the most... [more]
Posted by Yaelle Amir on 6/8/08