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"malcolm cochran: [re]collection"
1999-12-10 until 2000-01-30
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art
Cleveland, OH, USA United States of America

As we approach the new millennium, many artists are adapting an introspective, reflective vocabulary. Rather than critiquing the implications of far-reaching technological and scientific advances or confronting the unknowns of space and time, artists are turning inward and embracing the personal narratives and forms that make up the world as we know it. Internationally acclaimed sculptor Malcolm Cochran has focused his last twenty years on transforming everyday objects, materials and public sites into poetic sculptures and environments that explore this artistic perspective.

Malcolm Cochran's sculptures and environments stem from a deep appreciation for and attention to the intricacies of our world. His work is a reflection on the things that matter to him most-the people, places and events that have made a lasting impact on his psyche. Through his unwavering attention to his surroundings in general and individual sites in particular, Cochran shares his private reflections with the viewer. His audience is invited to peer into his history and mind, viewing the world through his unique lens. But, his sculptures, while formally pristine, have a raw quality and simple beauty that also invite individual associations and reflections.

Malcolm Cochran's keen eye for giving beautiful form to the seemingly ordinary objects of the everyday makes him one of Ohio's most unique artistic voices. Cochran has used the cow tails and cow hair so prevalent in the Midwest to suggest the undulation of ocean waves or a burnt chimney; he transformed rolls of cotton hand towels into a ruffled collar from the late 16th century; and nineteen household refrigerators became reminiscent of a northern winter. The implied smells, sounds and textures of the works are familiar, triggering instinctive memories and responses.

As the world continues on an irrevocable path of change, artists such as Malcolm Cochran connect with the important history found in their surroundings and tell the story of the people and places that have come before us. Through the sculptures on view and their accompanying work sketches and source materials, viewers will have a chance to catch a glimpse of this artist's mind through an exploration of his creative process.

This mid-career survey of Cochran's work will serve as a millennial time capsule, documenting the personal and artistic pursuits of one of Ohio's finest artists while addressing the larger geographical social and cultural concerns of life in the Midwest and the extended world.


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