ARTIST STATEMENT

I experience my work as a series of “big bangs” – moments during the making when preconceptions are dropped and something unanticipated and new happens. Ideally, every mark is a little rebellion against what came before, what’s expected, what’s known. This results in distortions of forms and descriptive color that untether the images from their original connotations. In the same way that fiction can be truer than fact, I’m trying to “stretch the truth” until something essential is cracked open, a light goes on inside the figure or object and it acquires layers of history and meaning.

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BIO

Adam Cohen’s professional creative career began early when, in high school, his political cartoons were regularly printed on The Charlotte Observer’s editorial pages. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill with the hope of joining the ranks of his political-cartoonist heroes. Then college exposed him to new fields of illustration and fine art that launched his journey as a visual artist.

In Chapel Hill and later while earning an MFA at The Savannah College of Art and Design, he fell in love with figure drawing, and the human form was central to years of visual exploration. He resisted showing this work publicly as he experimented with mediums and content, searching for his own voice, while working in other creative fields to support himself and his family. Equally skilled as a writer, Adam’s wide-ranging career has included work as an advertising creative director, copywriter, illustrator, comedian, film director and animator.

In recent years, having crossed his “10,000th hour” of apprenticeship, Adam’s visual art came to full fruition. A unique approach to – and love for – composition and color took center stage in his creative life, and he began generating work at an exciting pace. These were the images that had been clawing to emerge for decades.

Adam currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

EDUCATION

1992  MFA Savannah College of Art & Design
1989  BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 “Housewarming”, The Art of Style, Raleigh, NC (In December)
2019 “Big Bang”, The Well, Lakemont, GA
2018  "Sentience", The National Humanities Center, Durham, NC
2017  "The Unhoarding", Vintage Vault, Durham, NC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 “Fresh Art”, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA (In November)
2019 Member Showcase, United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC
2019 Finders Keepers Gallery, Clayton, GA
2019 Creative Unity, Unity of the Triangle, Raleigh, NC
2019 Adam Cohen and Martha Thorn, DOCK 1053, Raleigh, NC
2018 “Mapping Stories,” Projection/Performance, St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC
2018  Creative Unity, Unity of the Triangle, Raleigh, NC
2018  National Juried Exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, Georgia
2018  "The Incredible Machine", Projection/Performance, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2017  "Unibrow", Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC
2017  Vintage Vault Booth, High Point Market, High Point, NC
2016  "Humor Me!", The Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2012  NCCAF Art Show, The Open Eye Cafe, Carrboro, NC
2009  "Big Beard", Design Box, Raleigh, NC
2007  "Low Pop", Design Box, Raleigh, NC
2007  "Adam Cohen and Daniel Gallant", Alexander Building, Raleigh, NC
2006  "artSPARK", Raleigh, NC

CHARITY AUCTIONS

2019 Monster Drawing Rally, The NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2019 Art Out Loud/Band Together benefit to fight child hunger, Raleigh, NC
2019 Bal Masque to Combat Childhood Hunger, Raleigh, NC
2019 Brain Cancer Benefit at Kings, Raleigh, NC
2019 VAE Annual Art Gala & Fundraiser, Raleigh, NC
2018 City Farm Harvest Dinner, Raleigh, NC
2018  Monster Drawing Rally, The NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2018  GO PELON St. Baldrick's Art Auction, Raleigh, NC
2018  VAE Annual Art Gala & Fundraiser, Raleigh, NC
2017  Monster Drawing Rally, The NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2017  City Farm Harvest Dinner, Raleigh, NC
2016  Monster Drawing Rally, The NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2009  Screw Cancer 1/SpazzFest, Greenville, NC
2003  SAFEChild Chair Auction, Raleigh, NC
2001  SAFEChild Chair Auction, Raleigh, NC

PUBLICATIONS/MEDIA

2019 Odd One Out Magazine, odd-one-out.org May 1

AWARDS

2019 VAE Annual Gala Award, 3rd Place
2018  VAE/Jerry's Artarama Inspiration Award