Please join 2016 ICP-Bard MFA student Matthew Cohen for his solo thesis exhibition, As it Truly is.

As it Truly is is an exhibition of photographs and books by Matthew Cohen. The title is an homage to poet Archibald MacLeish’s statement after seeing Apollo 8’s ‘Earthrise’ photograph. “To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,” MacLeish wrote, “is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold…” MacLeish’s statement informs Cohen's desire to record a palpable understanding of physical and emotional distance through photography.

The exhibition features Cohen’s two primary modes of working, a geographic investigation of distance and a grasping at understanding that which feels distant. Sublime landscapes and images of trail markers are put in relationship with still lifes and portraits of that which is emotionally close and physically far. It is through this combination that the distance can be understood and closed.

Artist Bio

Matthew Cohen is a New York-based photographer. Cohen’s practice is one of questioning and mapping his surroundings physically and emotionally through photography. His work includes intimate images of the people and objects closest to him juxtaposed with grand nature scenes in an attempt to photograph distance in multiple forms. He has a BA in Comparative Religion from Skidmore College and is currently working to complete his Masters in Advanced Photographic Studies at the International Center of Photography. He is a human being, probably.

Opening Reception

April 7 I Thursday I 6 – 10 PM

On View By Appointment

April 8 – 9 I Friday – Saturday I 11 AM – 6 PM

April 10 I Sunday I 12 – 5 PM

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The ICP-Bard MFA Studios are located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue in Queens. Take the E or M train to Court Square-23rd Street, 7 or G train to Court Square, or the B62 Bus to Jackson Ave/David St.