May Artists (Nicole Cohen, Dan Rule)

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Crystals - Nicole Cohen (NYC)

“Crystals” is a video art work of a room of Cabinets of Curiosity (a science room in the 18th Century in France, for exploration of the natural world).

The image of the room is scanned and looks as if you enter into it. Layered and integrated into the image are natural objects, i.e. Roses, gems, diamonds, and more, that are made in 3D animation, and float and travel through space that appear more like a dream state or meditation room.

The room is from a French interior book of a Palace in France that still exists. The contrast of natural objects to digitized ones, makes this digital art, and reveals human needs to connect with nature and even design it by mimicking it with technology. There are a lot of layers at an interplay here that alter ones reality, however makes it believable by the realism of the composition and atmospheric perspective.

NICOLE COHEN received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, La B.A.N.K Galerie in Paris, France , at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Schloss Britz in Berlin, Germany, American University Museum at Katzen Art Center in Washington D.C., Wave Hill Public Gardens and Cultural Center in the Bronx, and traveling exhibitions in Asia. She has lived in Los Angeles and in Berlin, Germany, in New York City. She lives in New Jersey and her studio is in New York City.

“Her work is positioned at the crossroads of contemporary reality, personal fantasy, and culturally constructed space. Although trained in painting and drawing, Cohen most frequently uses video as her medium, playing upon its intrinsic capacities to manipulate time, distort scale and environment, and overlay imagery. Consistently interested in engaging her audience and challenging notions of lifestyle, domesticity, celebrity, and social behavior, Cohen also uses the surveillance camera to involve her viewers in their own voyeurism. Her work projects serve as some of the most paradigmatic and successful examples.”, Getty catalogue 2009

Caves - Dan Rule (New Orleans, LA)

These landscapes are fabricated from YouTube videos, online photos, nature desktop wallpapers and some ‘real life’ shooting. They were made without visiting anyplace worth seeing. Using the visual conventions of landscape painters throughout time, the surreal combinations emphasize our idealized visions of particular landscapes. The Cave, the Waterfall, the Valley, etc. as ideas are made into places both pastoral and unsettling.

The video and animation collage works are fictitious landscapes fabricated from YouTube videos, online photos, nature desktop wallpapers and some ‘real life’ shooting. They were made without visiting anyplace worth seeing. Using the visual conventions of landscape painters throughout time, the surreal combinations emphasize our idealized visions of particular landscapes. The Cave, the Waterfall, the Valley, etc. as ideas are made into places both pastoral and unsettling.

Dan Rule was born in Belleville, IL in 1977. He studied printmaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (BFA) and Northern Illinois (MFA). He works primarily in drawing, prints, video and animation, often focusing on topics that are scientific and philosophical in nature. Dan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Orleans, where he teaches Printmaking, Photography and Digital media.  He has exhibited nationally and in Japan, Canada and Europe. Dan currently resides in New Orleans with his wife Kaori, son Sean and daughter Hana.  Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the International Print Center in NYC, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston TX.