“Art is a space of vulnerability from which what is social is deconstructed to construct what is human”
—Manifesto on Artist’s Rights, Tania Bruguera
Mindy Solomon gallery and curator Ché Morales are pleased to present the solo debut exhibition of artist Genevieve Cohn.
Genevieve Cohn constructs communities. Female centric settings where girls and women carry, gather, braid, comb and pray. They assemble in a bower- a utopic setting of climbing plants deep in shade and nest-like. In her most recent body of work, Cohn explores the idea of nests, specifically the bowers of Satin Bowerbirds. Cohn describes the unique mating ritual of the male bowerbird as he collects and curates a structure with the hopes of attracting a mate. The female bowerbird then chooses her partner based on the bower that she finds most beautiful. Considering these ideas of collection, adornment, beauty, and choice, Cohn re-imagines this mating practice instead as a community practice. Much like bowerbirds, the women in her paintings collect objects of affinity and use them to construct sacred spaces that engage ideas of ritual and practice.