LYNNE COHEN, R.C.A.
signed and numbered 12/25 on label on backing
16 ins x 20 ins; 40.6 cms x 50.8 cms
Lynne Cohen is an internationally renowned photographer, known for presenting images of interior, domestic, and work settings which include spas, laboratories, retirement homes, and factories. These everyday spaces are always void of human subject or intervention and subsequently are perceived two-fold, either humorous or disturbing. The absurd combination of these two very different interpretations is what makes her work unforgettable.
Cohen was born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1944 and passed away in 2014. She received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University and spent a year at the London Slade School of Fine Art (England). London is where she is said to have been influenced by many Pop artists such as Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg. Although she began as a sculptor and printmaker during her studies, her success came once she found her calling as a photographer in the 1970s. In Untitled (2007), the balanced studio lighting coupled with the symmetry of planters point to signs of a charming and ideal photograph, yet the viewer is left strangely aware of the emptiness which exists beyond the frame, crafting a unique visual experience.
Cohen began working in Canada in 1973, where she taught photography at the University of Ottawa from 1974 to 2005. In 2005, she was the recipient of a Governor General’s Award. Her work is held in more than 50 public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
Donated by the artist; sold to benefit the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival