Michael Cohen

5318 5th St, Boulder, CO 80304

In my paintings I explore the interplay between planning and chance. Applying paint to canvas directly from palette knives and large squeegees that I have fabricated out of sheets of plexiglass and wood, I create layers of color and texture, modulating my pressure on the canvas based on the effects I hope to achieve. When the effects surprise me--as they often do when working with layers of varying transparency, fluidity, and stages of drying--I strive to make artistic sense of it all. I rarely finish a painting in a single sitting. Typically, a work-in-progress hangs on the wall of my home studio and I will go back to it repeatedly--sometimes for 10 minutes in a moment of impulse, other times for three or four hours--until I am satisfied with the result.


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