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Andrea Cohen – Part I

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Andrea Cohen has a deep interest in the materials she uses for her art. In her newest exhibit at the Walter Maciel Gallery, she uses materials most would consider trash to create interesting and thought-provoking sculptures. One of these includes a tree made of hydrocal plaster, which is made to look like a tree from a traditional Chinese landscape painting.

Her work really stuck out to me because I was attracted to her unusual materials and the way they look together. Imagining how a work would look with these different materials sounds very strange, but her works have immense aesthetic quality. They are much more interesting than other sculptures because they seem very fragile but also very crafty.

She often uses tree branches, Styrofoam, felt, wire, and paper mache. She said most of her sculptures were bending under their own weight so she brought the branches in to make a “ready-made organic line” and said, “it seemed like they just belonged together.” She said she wasn’t trying to make a political statement about one material vs. another or nature vs. industry, but rather that it was all about the structure. Tree branches add a natural look to the otherwise futuristic structures. There seems to always have been some sort of link between nature and art and now Cohen has just actually put the two together. 

Myers, Holly. “Art Review: Andrea Cohen at Walter Maciel Gallery.” Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2012. Web. 28 October, 2012.