As we enter the new year, we’re excited to share that we will be representing the work of acclaimed artist Lori Cozen-Geller.
Cozen-Geller seeks to provoke not our recognition of her specific impetus, but our grasp of form itself in the emotional context she gives it. In this respect, she breaks with minimalism and harks back to an earlier attitude about abstraction: the belief, maintained by the very inventors of abstract art, that, rather than telling stories, providing decoration, or physically defining space and substance, abstraction invokes sensation. What we see, Lori Cozen-Geller believes, is what we feel.
Lori Cozen-Geller is a California based artist known for her work as a finish fetish minimalist. Finish Fetish refers to an art movement that emerged in Southern California in the 1960s, primarily associated with a group of artists who were influenced by the sleek, polished aesthetic found in industrial and commercial finishes.
Cozen-Geller’s choice to finish her sculptures with high gloss automotive paint comes from a more personal place — her first work of art was conceived while grieving the loss of her beloved father, and the paint became a way to honor him and his passion for exotic cars. This blend of visually striking minimalism permeated with deep and complex human emotions is what makes Cozen-Geller’s work so unique.
Compatibility speaks of finding balance in one’s life with regards to relationships. Individuality matched with perfect alignment is the message. Within a relationship, whether it is with a lover, business partner, or friend, finding the balance between maintaining one’s individuality while aligning with another’s views or emotions is a delicate task.
In regard to her philosophy on how she lives her life, Cozen-Geller says, “What would it feel like to take the negative feelings and negative influences and the powers that are around me and that are eating and driving at us, and moving them out into the air, creating an open void which could then be filled with positive thoughts.”
This life philosophy is visualized in some of her work that include open spaces, to allow “openness for positive to come in”.
Cozen-Geller’s personal experiences form the inspiration behind her sculptures, but the work is more focused on the universal emotions shared by mankind, regardless of our life circumstances. For example, Piece, Red, the first sculpture she ever created, illustrates feelings of love and loss, while the Chatterboxes shown below represent human connection, and the innate need for us to connect through language.