Project no.140


Sivan Cohen

The Journey, 2Q12
Photographs: Hilit Kaduri


Chief Curator: Rachel Sukman
Guest Curator: Hana Kofler

Opening: Thurs. 11.10.2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Closing: 02.11.2012


6 Zamenhoff St. , Tel Aviv, tel.: 03-5254191
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 5-7 p.m





Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 60x90 cm  

Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 60x60 cm  

Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 180x200 cm  


Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 40x50 cm  

Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 70x100 cm  

Untitled, 2012
mixed media, d: 40 cm  


Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 50x40 cm  

Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 50x60 cm  

Untitled, 2012
mixed media, 50x50 cm  



Sivan Cohen: The Journey, 2Q12

Hana Kofler


            Following years of trial and wonder, search and transition from figurative to landscape depictions, which led to the present abstract phase, Sivan Cohen's paintings evolved into a body of work which surrenders consistent development of a language, gradually refined from one work to the next.

            Cohen presents abstract paintings reminiscent of sparkles from a sequence of previous attempts. Her canvases are populated by solitary bodies moving within an ostensibly abstract language. Each body is a kind of link separated from the center of gravity and now striving to reconnect to it. The new planets are but a translation of concrete worlds into formal terms; fragments that have remained after the big bang, striving for a new order. Cohen analyzes the relationship between order and chaos, seeking a point of support between disorder and harmony.

            Sivan Cohen was born in Bat Galim, Haifa. Holding a BA in philosophy from Tel Aviv University, she studied art at Avni Institute, Tel Aviv. Her profound interest in science fiction and Japanese literature, Buddhism and Taoism, all manifest themselves in her work. Her paintings carry the weight of their constituent elements. Man, she believes, despite being the height of Creation, is not necessarily its crown. Every individual is a part of the general flux and a living testimony of the transience of things and their constant metamorphosis. She tries to pause and capture an echo of breath within the elusive time, to hold onto something concrete in a changing reality, within a molecular world, yet becomes, against her will, a part of the general flow. The title of the exhibition, The Journey, 2Q12, is dedicated to Japanese novelist, Haruki Murakami, in homage to his novel 1Q84, in which the definition of time is deliberately distorted.

            Cohen attempts to formulate a world view which touches upon life itself, only to reveal that reality is subject to constant change, that the lines between reality and simulation are too blurry, and they are often so intertwined that they cannot be differentiated. New relationships are thus exposed between the forms populating her canvases. While they still surrender echoes of landscape, they mainly reflect the basic ingredients of the magical and mystical, and the affinities between the external and internal worlds, between the natural and the mental.

            Cohen's work raises myriad questions and deliberations, stemming from the deconstruction of the original "mother" form into subsidiary "daughter" forms densely juxtaposed on a single surface, exposing new relationships between forms. In painterly terms, in describing the method by which the fragments are arranged on the canvas, one can no longer speak about a focused composition. In existential terms, one may wonder where the organic forms changing in space aspire, and where the hovering bodies, which have set themselves free and embarked on a new path, lead.