Peter Bradley Cohen
Peter Cohen is a sculpture artist based in Hudson NY. Working primarily with found and industrial materials such as structural steel. Peter is currently working on 3 bodies of work all predicated on 3D assemblage—Balance & Symbols, Rage and The Voice.
Balance & Symbols
This work explores the tension and balance between geometric rigidity and organic fluidity, material weight and the impression of weightlessness. With traces of assemblage, much of Peter’s process involves the act of improvisation, reflecting his interest in the unpredictable nature of human and natural expression. His work also strives to create a sense that the viewer has stumbled upon an object that looks and feels untouched, random. This element speaks to the inherent power of the found object. It’s about the chance encounter with something that is pure.
Every artist has thought about how to respond to the presidency of Donald Trump. I wanted to create something that would be of this moment, yet would be meaningful into the future no matter the state of democracy. Less conceptually, I needed to more immediately and personally express my own feelings as well as the general mood of so many Americans since November.
The body of work is called “Rage.” This is not merely my own rage, or my friends; Donald Trump invites rage in his opponents. More important, more tragic, and more destructive, he has fueled and ignited rage in his followers. He thrives on rage. Red is the color of rage--War aggression, blood.
Talk with the Animals
This series of work was undertaken during a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has been expanded up since that time. All of the materials used in the making of this work are from non-animal products--faux fur, cast wax filet's, cast wax chicken drumsticks, pleather, synthetic rabbit foot key chains and more.
Cohen has sought a voice and construct that addresses the complex issues around our relationship with animals in the context of factory farming as well as how we view and treat them within the framework of our culture. This work is intended to be approachable and entertaining, but at the same time it is meant to raise some disturbing issues, which is part of their allure. There is a definite darkness at play, in some case more overt and in others cloaked beneath a pretty veneer. The work is intended to engender a dialogue and bring about awareness that these creatures are sentient beings and our decisions and behavior have consequences for them, for human health and for the environment.