While Yvette Cohen’s work is two-dimensional, she thinks sculpturally. Cohen creates flat, boldly colored, shaped painting-sculptures: paintings that look like sculptures positioned to convey infinite air and unlimited possibilities. These painting-sculptures are two-dimensional and mount flat on the wall. Often grouped in diptychs, triptychs, or polyptychs, they activate their surroundings because, in a way, the wall becomes the canvas. These works stretch the perception of space beyond the actual size of the artwork and offer a different perspective. Like the painting-sculptures, Cohen’s drawings also reevaluate our perception of space.
Cohen lives and works in New York, NY. She was born in Egypt, raised in Montreal and Paris. Cohen’s work has recently been exhibited in a group exhibition entitled DO Stacks at Frosch & Co. (New York, NY). During the pandemic, her work was also included in various online exhibitions such as the Jason McCoy Gallery (New York, NY), the Flatfile Gallery, and the Hammond Museum (Salem, MA). Cohen has had two site-specific installations in New York City; one at Cassina, the renowned Italian design company, and one at Basta Pasta, the acclaimed Japanese-Italian restaurant. In 2018, Ellen Fagan of Odetta Gallery in Bushwick brought back to life some of the painting-sculptures from the Cassina installation along with current work in her expansive gallery.