Graphic novels can be found in McNally Jackson Bookstore Soho
(52 Prince Street, NY 10012)
4/21/23 - 5/20/23
Group Show, This is Landscape Project Space (428 Waller St. 94117) San Francisco, CA
2/8/23 - 2/23/23
Group Show, Paroxysm, Westbeth Gallery, NYC
Lauren Cohen constructs an artistic universe where control, power, sexuality and violence are recurring themes. The forming of "the other" within any given society is at the core of her research. Having grown up (and out) of Puritan New England, she connects historical events and characters to her own growth and development in order to form fictional mythologies.
By superimposing symbols, memories, reinventions and artifacts of other eras and peoples onto contemporary ones and vice versa, she often stages figures and objects like props on a set. Cohen and her creations go through a process of existential inquiry, often illustrating the horrors of humanity. However, hope exists in her work as something closer to the word’s origins: a curve (or bend). As the artist shifts and changes, so does her work.
Cohen has been drawing a naked cartoon version of herself experiencing life and all of its challenges since moving to New York in 2018. She has produced three graphic novels that depict the trials and travails of a female artist’s journey and her character grapples with the idea of success and existence.
Cohen gathers the content for her paintings, sculpture, graphic novels and comedic performances by documenting a constructed life that seem to blur truth and fiction. Her various job positions become direct sources of inspiration in her work. She is currently a cue card girl for SNL and a Gallerina at a commercial art gallery in Chelsea. Her fourth graphic novel, “The Invisible Cue Card Girl” is complete and will be released in the fall of 2023. Cohen’s fifth novel, “Gallerina”, is currently in progress.