How To Fill Your Home With Amazing Art for $75
You may have seen Nicole Cohen's photos before on the pages of Domaine. In addition to her blog Sketch42, Cohen prowls New York City with her arsenal of cameras, capturing some of our most fabulous house tours from a fashionable point of view.
With the debut of her first limited-edition book of works titled #ABSURDISTSUMMER, Cohen brings her eye for edgy, flirty photos not only to your coffee table, but also to your walls. The book, which costs $75 and includes 30 9- by 12-inch images printed on tear-out paper, is meant to be ripped up and displayed however you, the instant curator, envisions your space. Frame pieces in standard frames, pin up multiples as a collage, or rotate as a gallery wall each season. The works are intended to be played with, making the act of collecting and displaying photography interactive, accessible, and fun.
Read on for the inspiration behind #ABSURDISTSUMMER.
What was the inspiration for doing a book of art people are encouraged to tear apart?
I think when you’ve had a blog for a long time (six years now!), there comes a point when you want to do something that isn’t virtual. I love the idea of people interacting with art, playing with it, using it in their lives. I’ve been tearing pages out of books I love—and framing them—for years, so I thought this was a cool way to make art easy, fresh, and exciting. Plus, I want to keep making new books, whenever I feel like it!
I really hope someone does something super artsy and cool with it, like papier-mâché or a collage. I love the idea that art begets other art!
What inspired the content for the book?
The book is called #ABSURDISTSUMMER. All summer long, I played with this hashtag and concept that life doesn’t need a narrative. Things just are, and sometimes rather than look for meaning, it’s comforting to just allow them to be what they are. The book is a collection of random photos. They have no story, other than that they are tied together by the fact that I shot them over the summer—although they do have a very Americana feel to them.
What kind of camera do you shoot on?
I hoard cameras at this point, but I will literally shoot with anything in my hand. My favorite camera though is the Fuji X100S because it looks amazing and takes phenomenal photos that have almost a film-like quality to them. I also shoot with my Nikon D7100, a Leica M6, and a wide Fuji Polaroid. I also love to take photos with my iPhone while I’m supposed to be out jogging. I pop it out of the arm band every five minutes. So much for exercise!
How do you think the images could best be used in the home?
I imagine that each book owner will find a couple of shots that especially appeal to them, and tear those out. I like to stack two different-size images over each other in unexpected places. I hope people are going to use this book in ways that I would never expect. I like the idea of someone hanging a whole wall of them with pins and those black metal clips or framing some of the photos with huge mats. The photos are all standard sizes, even the ones that aren’t full bleed. You can use the existing borders, and frame without a mat, but you can also fit each photo into standard mats that any art store sells.
My whole goal was to make art as easy and fun as possible. The idea that art is intimidating to people makes me sad!
What photographers inspire you the most and why?
Is it wrong that literally every photo I see inspires me in some way? My friends who are trained photogs, Patrick Cline and Emily Johnston, and even my friends who aren’t professional but take a mean photo, like Courtney Velasco, inspire me. I get so much out of sharing photos with them and getting their feedback. They’ve taught me so much, and they not only inspire me, but they prod me along when I’m feeling low. Of course, I’m madly inspired by Instagram. I always say if you don’t love Instagram, you aren’t doing it right! There are so many amazing photographers on there, and easy to find now that the Explore page is more than just random hot chicks! In terms of famous photogs, I’m loving Uta Barth, Viviane Sassen, Ryan McGinley, and Alex Prager… I could go on forever!