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Nicole Cohen

(Not So) Still Life 
Glyndor Gallery | April 5–July 4 

Nicole Cohen, Time Lapse, 2016, seamless loop, (Chopin Nocturne No. 2 In e Flat, Op 9 No. 2 performed by Emile Pandolfi) monitor, media player, 3:00 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Inspired by the 16th century still life painting Fruit Piece by Dutch master Jan van Huysum, Time Lapse is a new site-specific piece created by Nicole Cohen in and for the Glyndor Gallery. Reanimating van Huysum’s arrangement of flowers and fruit as a moving image set before the South Gallery view of the Hudson River, the work looks to his oeuvre not as static images, but as perhaps the first time-based still lifes. Throughout the course of a year, the Dutch painter rendered his organic subject matter
in increments, waiting to add flowers and fruit to his compositions when they were at their prime. Cohen reactivates the painterly process as the very layers of the work come to life, and then decay. Insects fly in and out, flowers swell in growth and fruits ripen then rot in a loop, illustrating the endless change and rebirth of the seasons as seen through the window. 

Cohen has exhibited nationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as internationally at La B.A.N.K Galerie, Paris; the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany; and Schloss Britz, Berlin. She received an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Hampshire College.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.