"Between You Me and the Wall" Installation
"Between a Stone and a Shrine Part II: The Procession"
Interchangeable Parts Series: #24 Built for Obsolescence
|Experienced With||Collaboration, Commissions, For-hire services, Leading workshops, Lectures, Performances, Public art, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements|
As an observer and explorer, I draw insight from my surroundings by unpacking the embedded meanings, histories, and identities of place. With a visceral approach, I explore the potentiality of material and site to create sculpture, public interventions and video performance that transform spaces into places of meaning. Stacked auto glass, salt dough bricks, welded steel, and the burial of a golden casket filled with sunflower seeds, serve as metaphors to retrace a narrative within the flux of the cityscape.
Through an interventionist practice, I question what role artists can play while exploring issues of progress, and use art to promote awareness, dialogue and inspire action in public space. My current artistic and curated public art initiatives practice explores issues of revitalization and its effects in the dissolution of cultural identity within the built environment. As new kind of vitality are being formed, I question what other vitalities might be overlooked or driven out in the process. Realizing that my participation has already overdetermined by my subject-locations, I attempt to transcend these limitations through pure gesture and authentic connections with people within the landscape to excavate the profound stories of a place.
Oreen Cohen (b.1985 Rochester, NY) explores the potentiality of the collective and space in site-specific sculpture, public art, interventions and video performance. In 2014, Cohen received a Masters in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and has participated and organized exhibitions, residencies and public commissions nationally and internationally, including; Alloy Pittsburgh at the Historic Carrie Furnace, FIGMENT Sculpture Project on Governors Island, NYC and the Chevy Commons, Flint Public Art Project (Flint, MI). Solo and Group exhibitions include, “Nearly Captured” at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (2015), “Lossless” Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University (2014). Cohen has been honored to receive grants from the Pittsburgh Foundation Investing in Professional Artists (2016), New York Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship (2011), Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council grant (2013, 2012). Oreen has also participated in residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), CerCCa Casamarles in Catalonia, Spain (2012). Currently, Oreen is an independent cultural producer, curating and programming Artist lecture and Maker series at Techshop Pittsburgh and Assemble. She is the Co-organizer of Hemispheric Conversations: Urban Art Project in Partnership with Rivers of Steel and University of Pittsburgh as an artist manager and education coordinator. She continues to have a robust public art practice while providing her skills in navigating public contexts through community arts education and programming.