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Rachel Bas-Cohain

A.I.R. Gallery

Rachel Bas-Cohain is also involved with the mechanics of sight and perception. Her interests center around the limitations of perception and how they affect our experience of art.

The farthest view upon which we can still focus is usually our optical aspiration, so to speak, but bas-Cohain points out that it should not necessarily be our desired resting place. The rear 50 feet of the gallery space are separated by two floor-to-ceiling pieces of cheesecloth which are connected by 20 differently angled cloth cylinders. The quotations printed on the back wall of the gallery, all of which have something to do with visual perception, cannot be seen through a single aperture; one is forced to move from opening to opening in an attempt to quell the frustration of not being able to see an entire sentence and therefore not able to take in an entire thought at once.

In bas-Cohain’s drawn diagrams, a

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