The Gallery and Academy of Robert Beck will present an exhibition of paintings by Alex Cohen titled Small Captivations, Opening December 8 in Lambertville.  Artist’s receptions will be held Friday, December 7, 6-9, and Sunday, December 9, 1-4.

Both Beck and Cohen participated in the 2012 New Hope Arts exhibition, Continuum, which paired established and emerging artists.  Cohen was subsequently invited to show a selection of small works as part of Academy’s mission; both as an exhibition opportunity for someone doing important work, and a chance for the public to see a different kind of representational painting.

Beck describes Cohen, who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as an artist focused on process.  “This selection of small paintings is a freewheeling investigation outside of rules and pre-conceived ideas,” he says.  “That’s how Alex paints.  He’s not creating a scene, he’s feeling around in the depths of his sentiments.

Cohen uses lyrical brushwork to create excursions in perspective that aren’t quite real but aren’t quite not real, either.   “I look for something simple and evocative to propel my paintings,” he says.  “Some spirit hidden in the canvas I can summon to help lead me to discovery.  The subject matter often just goes along for the ride.”

His subject matter appears to float on a dream–like energy that suggests this is what is really going on when you aren’t looking.  You’ve seen some of these things before, if not in the world around you, then in the one inside you.

Small Captivations will run through December 28 at the Gallery and Academy of Robert Beck, located at 204 N. Union St. (just past Elm) in Lambertville.