PLEASE JOIN US FOR LOCAL MONTCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY COHEN AND HIS VALENTINE'S DAY EVE EXHIBIT. LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY ARIEL GUIDRY.
THIS EVENT IS 18 AND OVER DUE TO THE ADULT NATURE OF THE EXHIBIT.
ANDREW COHEN: “THE NARRATIVES BY MONTCLAIR NOIR”
BASEMEANT WRX Pop Up and Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition of new works featuring local photographer Andy Cohen. “The Narratives by Montclair Noir” will run from 2/11 through 2/25 with an opening reception Saturday, February 13th starting at 7:30pm. Local vocalist Ariel Guidry will be performing seven original songs for the Opening Gallery Night.
Cohen’s “The Narratives” is about juxtapositions. “Noir” is a female character that appears in different forms and shapes. “Montclair Noir” is his perspective on Montclair in an alternate universe. Each series contains two images with an association. “Ironic and iconic. Images coupled in dreams. Seemingly random pairings that take away within the context of a single frame elicit different stories from different viewers,” explains Cohen.
“Different reactions to different images. What people respond to or are repelled by. In dreams we don’t censor ourselves.” This visceral human reaction is what fascinates Cohen. He is surprised who likes it and what touches a chord.
The opening night’s musical pairing of Ariel Guidry was born from the instant connection formed between Cohen and Guidry. Introduced through friends of friends, Guidry and Cohen have known each other for only a few years, but Guidry has become one of Cohen’s most influential muses. Cohen describes Guidry as a “profound individual” with immense intelligence and talent.
“This show with Andrew will actually be the first time I have publicly performed my original pieces. My songs are rooted in my poetry and reflect my classical/Gregorian Chant/Folk influences of home and in some ways also give a strong nod to my Native American heritage,” says Guidry. Guidry will also be accompanied by Anthony Blunda on hand drums and cajon.
Cohen chose Valentine’s Day Eve for the Opening Night to offer an “Alternative Valentine’s Experience” from the pre-fix dinner or bar, roses or chocolate. Cohen’s exhibit is edgy and contains some imagery of an adult nature, therefore we recommend ages 18 and over.
Cohen was born in Manhattan and has lived in Montclair for almost 30 years. A lover of history, Cohen has an extensive knowledge of historical facts about his adopted hometown that often comes up in conversation with the artist.
Cohen’s range of work varies from shooting in a Native American Teepee in Upstate to New York, WW2 planes, street scenes to commercial photography. His favorite subjects to shoot are women and nature. He develops a trust between himself and his subjects that allows him to capture a pure moment. Cohen says, “The series has taken on a life of it’s own and I have never been more connected to my work as I am to the Narrative series.”
Ariel Guidry’s musical background and education consists of classical, religious and musical theater. In her professional career, Guidry sings jazz, blues and soul. She also performs freestyle lyrics and is currently working on an EP with a Jersey City DJ.
“When I first met Andy and he showed me his work, I obviously immediately recognized his talent and his range. But the work I was most drawn to was how he paired two photographs to make the viewer find the connection. It forces people to think and challenges them. To take a minute and analyze what they are looking at,” says Danchise owner of BASEMEANT WRX. “Also how funny he is. He has a wicked sense of humor that comes through in his work.”
BASEMEANT WRX Pop Up and Gallery is a long-term retail and event space that has been operating since June 2015. It will be closing this March 2016.
For additional information please contact Aimee Danchise at 973-842-7473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.