Hackensack Dreaming | Power Plant Gallery | Arts | Indy Week


Hackensack Dreaming

When: Jan. 23-March 6 2016

Update: The opening reception has been canceled due to snow forecasts. Weather permitting, the show will open Sat. Jan. 23.


POWER PLANT GALLERY—The artist Nancy Cohen exhibits on a national scale without forsaking a regional identity, as her traveling, large-scale installation, now coming to Durham's Power Plant Gallery, makes clear. Cohen lives and works in New Jersey, and Hackensack Dreaming is a complex abstraction of the ecosystem of Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. In it, Cohen shapes organic materials such as handmade paper and glass into an allusive facsimile of a place she has internalized. "This installation is in no way meant to reproduce the landscape," she cautions in her artist statement. "However, [it] is rife with referential essence: translucent glass objects hint at cedar forest, poking up through the water on an icy New Jersey day, and liquid rubber poured on the paper suggests, interchangeably, a wet or toxic surface." The result is an immersive diorama—a dream or memory you can walk inside. After this artist's reception and talk, the exhibit runs through March 5. 5–8 p.m., free, 320 Blackwell St., Ste. 100, Durham, 919-660-3622, www.powerplantgallery.org. —Brian Howe

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