BRIAN D. COHEN: THE EMBLEM, September 22 – October 31, 2016
Artist closing reception: Sunday, October 30, 1-3pm at C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT Gallery inquiries: (802) 257-7898
Brian D. Cohen has created a series of etchings based on Renaissance emblems, presenting familiar elements and objects in association with Latin aphorisms and English translation. The Renaissance emblem book presented familiar elements and scenarios in association with a common saying, intended to invoke associations and meanings with a particular lesson in mind. In this tradition, his images combine with Latin aphorisms to create a web of analogies, associations, and implications on different elements of the universe, guiding the mind to often to simultaneously different and usually contradictory levels of meaning within a somewhat rigid, schematic spatial setting. The physical is presented in order to reveal the spiritual, the metaphysical, the abstract, and the symbolic. This work is about the process by which we see, acquire, and possess things, and what they mean to us, in their variety and complexity, beauty and presence.
CAI XI RETROSPECTIVE: 1980-2015 at The Michael S. Currier Center, Putney, VT September 10 – November 6, 2016. The Currier Center is open daily to the public on the campus of The Putney School, 418 Houghton Park Road, Putney, VT at the end of the Main Driveway, on the right. This survey of Cai’s work includes her portraits and landscapes of the 1980s, ‘Edge’ series of the ’90s, ‘WuJi (Infinity Within)’ series of the past decade and recent monumental portraits. For further information: (802) 257-7898 or caixiart [at] gmail [dot] com.
Cai was in the first generation of art students after universities in China reopened after The Cultural Revolution. This four-decade retrospective at Currier Art Center of Cai’s work traces a path from the Shanghai Style of the ’80s, with color used straight from the tube and brushwork with bold and loose strokes, to the present through a selection of Cai’s portraits, landscapes and abstractions.