Precision: An Artist’s Statement
By Joseph Cohen
A scalpel within a millimeter of an artery… The hand gently caressing the neck of an 18th Century
Stradivarius… Like the vocations of the surgeon, and the violinist, I am an artist that seeks precision. I
embrace the correlation between medium specificity and human perception by the application. Three
basic tenets propel me, the pursuit of meaning, and the exploring, and expanding of avenues to human
understanding. As an artist, I have long been interested in the specific investigation of material and the
diverse responses reached through engagement with the Art Object.
My “Propositions” have become a nomenclature of entitling. With exactitude, I have created surfaces that
shift when engaged by the viewer. There is play between both the physical and chromatic natures of paint,
which allows the substance a sensual viscous nature.
Paint can flow, drip, and carry the brushstroke’s
gesture, while at the same time being governed by the laws of gravity, measured geometrically, and
formed mechanically. I am deeply involved with the textures of a medium capable of universalizing so
much lost intimacy.
By creating a chemical conversation, I am enthralled with the incessant change of
pace, a slowing-down, that allows the viewer the opportunity for contemplative exercises of the mind.
A pause in locomotion is necessary since the human eye has certain limits; a designed myopia, where the
eye cannot see what the intellect understands. Breakthroughs in material science have allowed me to
work with specialized substances that have great potential to relieve these types of blind spots. With
precision in mind, I began to incorporate into my work carbon nanotubes while at the brilliantly-led
Heller Lab in New York City (Memorial Sloan Kettering/Weill Cornell).
More recently at Rice
University, I’ve continued these iterations by studying innovations in optics. Utilizing short wave infrared
cameras at the Weisman Lab I have generated new ways of seeing color. Working with Christian Boada,
Tasciotti Lab, Houston Methodist Research Institute, has allowed me to analyze pigment samples and
create audio signatures based on the physical material analyzed. This feat is achieved using techniques
idiosyncratic to nanotech.
Collaborating with Dan Workman at Sugar Hill Studios has permitted me to
pursue, answer, and display to the viewer, with great fidelity, the question: what does a painting sound
Like the doctor and musician, the precision I bring as an artist is central to my vocation. Through an
interdisciplinary approach to art and science, I will continue to include carbon nanotubes as I fully
integrate the artist, researcher, and scientist into my practice. Our ability to learn from one another as we
evolve, extend visions, and share our diverse experiences, will inevitability push the boundaries of art.
For me, this heightened layer that I am unlocking for the senses adds a level to the art and science for
which new meaning and understanding can be realized.
G Spot Gallery in the Houston Heights
Located in the Historic Houston Heights in Texas, G Spot Contemporary Gallery is a contemporary space with a decidedly grassroots approach to cultural exchange.
A Houston art gallery featuring local, regional and national contemporary artists. Located in the Heart of Houston’s Historic District, this is a comfortable place to engage, and reconnect with friends. Come out and celebrate some great local, regional and national talent with us.
The gallery’s rapidly changing exhibitions roster showcases eclectic and often provocative work by outsider, emerging and established artists from all parts of the globe and features artists unafraid to challenge convention.
We are committed to forging partnerships with artists and arts presenters to facilitate the creation, presentation and exchange of work as a means of broadening audiences for and appreciation of contemporary art.
Gspot Contemporary Art Space
310 East 9th Street, 77007
All are welcome. There is no admission fee.