Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Tracing Shadows, a solo exhibition by Boston-based artist GenevieveCohn. The exhibition will be Cohn’s inaugural solo presentation at Hashimoto Contemporary.
Tracing Shadowstells the story of a community of women that exist inan imagined world, in which they only live for one rotation of the earthon its axis.Building on this imagined mythology, thefigures depictedin the paintings attempt to record a light that will only be experiencedonce before it slips away. Living in a world that has this unique experience of light, the women dedicate their life attempting to better understand their world and systems that structure it. In many of the paintings, women are depicted referencing, tracing, or recording shadows.The shadow is ultimately transformed into an experience that is more solid and tangible than that of the sun, raising questions of truth vs. reality, contemplating the point where truth and reality come together and where they break apart.
Pulling from various sources, Cohn’s inspiration is rooted in the Women’s Land Army, the history and imagery of witches and witchcraft, and literaryfiction. Plato's Allegory of the Cave, The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino, A Short History of the Shadow by Victor Stoichita and the short stories of Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman also shaped this body of work.
Tracing Shadows speaks to the shared experiences of groups of people, and the attempts to question, record and understand that shared experience. In this imagined universe, the women born at different times of day create shared knowledge and tradition, so that those born later in the light can begin where those before them left off, speaking to our human history of storytelling and interest in scientific experiments.
About her work, the artist states, “My paintings project possible communities of women by drawing fromboth a historical and imaginative past, present, and future. My paintings acknowledge and reflect a worldwhere power is derived from collaboration, self-endowed agency and connection with the natural world. Iconsider ideas of collection, adornment, beauty, and choice as thefigures within the worlds of my workconstruct spaces that engage ideas of ritual and practice.”
Please join us Saturday, November 12th from 6pm to 8pm for the opening of Tracing Shadows. The artist willbe in attendance.
The exhibition will be on view Saturday, November 12th to Saturday, December 3rd. For more information,additional images, or exclusive content, please email Director, Jennifer Rizzo at email@example.com
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