Rachel Gisela Cohen, Camouflage
Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Through March 23
Opening Reception: March 1, 6-9pm
Thomas Hunter Project Space is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by New York City-based artist Rachel Gisela Cohen.
In nature, bright, bold coloration and patterning is often a signifier of seduction or a warning sign for danger; like the juxtaposing yellow and black stripes found on a wasp, or the crimson circled abdomen of a black widow spider. Aposematic color and patterning is used as a signal, or warning sign for predators. The color and patterning of Cohen’s sequined encrusted chromatic paintings stem from both an observation and reflection on organisms and materials found deep inside Costa Rican rainforest ecosystems and New York City’s garment district. Using the decorative as a defense mechanism, her work reflects on beauty, surface and the excess of contemporary culture, dancing between the natural and material world.