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Anniversary exhibits chart confluence of river, culture, creativity
by Georgette Gouveia
The Journal News, May 10, 2009


Cohen's dazzling handmade paper installation "Perspectives on Salinity: River from Within," which takes viewers on a reparian roller-coster ride, is the first in a series of solo shows at the Katonah Museum of Art called "The Hudson River Trilogy."

"This is one way to continue the dialogue about the river," says Neil Watson, the museums's executive director, "and the show that contemporary artists are still turning to the river as a muse" Cohen wants to let the Hudson envelope you. In her olive/purple-blue Katohan Museum installation "Persepectives on Salinity," she uses bubbling, watermarked paper to evoke the Hudson's freshwater current from the gallery ceiling on down, while thicker, wider paper with crystals builds the salt-water current from the floor up.

"Paper is an apt materials," she says "because like the river, its both fragile and strong."