Trees, clouds, and empty roads populate the landscapes of Robert Fifield and Ben Cohan in the exhibition, “Anywhere.” The exhibition tells of a place that is both near and far; a landscape that keeps its distance while remaining close to home. While both bodies of work hold an apparent individuality, both artists are drawing from familiar landscape iconography. Fifield’s work explores the representation of landscape through the reduction and augmentation of cartographic languages. Cohan’s work uses the romantic possibilities of paint to confront places that are often overlooked. At first glance, the sites may be from anywhere, yet they embody a certain peculiarity that leaves one with a satisfying curiosity.
Ben Cohan currently teaches at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL. He received an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 2009 and a B.F.A. from Milikin University in 2006.
Robert Fifield is the Project Coordinator at the Mclean County Arts Center in Bloomington, IL. He received an M.F.A. from Illinois State University in 2008 and a B.F.A. from Milikin University in 2005.