|Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming
Extended through November 13th
Curated by Midori YoshimotoTucked between a Walmart, outlet malls, and a wastewater treatment plant, yet within view of the New York City skyline, the wetlands of the Hackensack River spoke to artist Nancy Cohen as an “isolated puddle of the organic in a deluge of the human-made.” Remnant stumps of an ancient cedar forest emerge from the water, with the hum of the greater metropolitan area forming a backdrop. Yet, nature has adapted and carried on despite this disturbance, with plants and birds making unlikely homes in this space full of contradictions.
Cohen’s installation will transform UrbanGlass’ gallery, creating its own environment and transporting viewers to a wholly new space. Made of glass, handmade paper, rubber, and other materials, Hackensack Dreaming explores fragility, perseverance, and the new realities produced by the human and natural colliding in unexpected ways. Cohen hopes viewers of her work will be “compelled by the beauty and the strangeness, thinking simultaneously of the made and found worlds.”
Hackensack Dreaming will come to UrbanGlass from presentations at New Jersey City University, Duke University, and the Schuylkill Center, and will include a new, site-specific 16′ glass and paper installation.