About the Book
"As the mechanisms and methods of communications continue to evolve, so does the concept of distance." And so begins the epilogue.
CONTACT LENS showcases select environmental portrait work from Gary Joseph Cohen's ramblings around China, Korea, Tibet and the US. The deliberate double-page pairings of portraits propose what-if encounters between complete strangers, with implicit and/or explicit affinities and dissonances charging the atmosphere.
The images in this tome span roughly from 2008 to 2010, and are the manifestation of a rapid expansion and contraction of time, place and space (geographical and personal). Front and back covers, as well as title page, were designed by international artist Sinji MaYa Jung.
For more information on the artist, please visit: www.garyjosephcohen.com
Auguste Elder is a ceramist, photographer, media artist, writer and teacher living in Manhattan, NY. His work has been published in numerous journals and magazines, including: The Pinch Journal; Blue Earth Review; World Vision Magazine (China); Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing; Parthenon West Review; Best New Poets 2005 and 2006; and elsewhere. In 2003 he served as The Badlands National park Artist-in-Residence, and was a Vermont Studio Center fellow in 2000 for drawing and painting. Cohen’s ongoing body of work “Contact Lens” is quintessentially social and documentary in nature, with a lean towards folklore. The intimate collision between person and place, and the impulse to bear witness to this angular dance, runs like a rhizome beneath the surface of his work. He teaches media arts, poetry and social justice to high school students at The Calhoun School in Manhattan.