The Fourth Wall


Sydney Cohen

Home From Home

January 30 – March 27

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The Fourth Wall is pleased to present Home From Home, a solo show of recent paintings by Bay Area artist, Sydney Cohen. Sydney’s primary languages are color and material. She has the remarkable ability to give acrylic paint and pigment a physical, almost sculptural, presence. Her current work, much of it done in the last year while sheltering in place, consists of countless spheres. These don’t appear to be painted directly but are formed as paint fills the ground around them, one layer of color after another. What is left are small gaps, which contain a visible history of her process in the traces of colors left behind. The edges between shape and ground (which is which?) appear unstable as the colors interact with to one another.

"There is space between atoms but we perceive things as being solid even though on a microscopic level they are not. Everything is permeable and getting to play with that by having the layers is really interesting." – Sydney Cohen from upcoming catalog

Sydney Cohen lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited her work in San Francisco, Oakland & Berkeley, Atlanta, British Columbia, Iowa and Chicago, and has work in public collections in Boston and Iowa, and in private collections all over the world. She is a Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts, where she teaches classes in color, and has taught painting, drawing and printmaking since 2002. She also teaches a long running figure drawing class at the Urban School of San Francisco.