l-r: detail of painting by Adam D. Cohen; detail of painting by Danyelle Lakin

In the Building

Adam D. Cohen + Danyelle Lakin

This season our corridors feature artwork by Artspace Studio artists Adam D. Cohen (Studio 211) and Danyelle Lakin (Studio 102)

ADAM D. COHEN’S professional creative career began early when, in high school, his political cartoons were regularly printed on The Charlotte Observer’s editorial pages. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill with the hope of joining the ranks of his political-cartoonist heroes. Then college exposed him to new fields of illustration and fine art that launched his journey as a visual artist.

In Chapel Hill and later while earning an MFA at The Savannah College of Art and Design, he fell in love with figure drawing, and the human form was central to years of visual exploration. He resisted showing this work publicly as he experimented with mediums and content, searching for his own voice, while working in other creative fields to support himself and his family. Equally skilled as a writer, Adam’s wide-ranging career has included work as an advertising creative director, copywriter, illustrator, comedian, film director and animator.

In recent years, having crossed his “10,000th hour” of apprenticeship, Adam’s visual art came to full fruition. A unique approach to – and love for – composition and color took center stage in his creative life, and he began generating work at an exciting pace. These were the images that had been clamoring to emerge for decades.

painting by Adam D. Cohen

With an inquisitive stance and both a love of color and concept, Raleigh-based artist DANYELLE LAKIN’S aim is to create pretty yet provocative paintings, in essence, about the Human Condition.

In striving to portray the wonderfully interesting world of dysfunction and imperfection (and hence, the beauty found within), cheerfully kitsch imagery is playfully used in contrast to the deeper, more ominous undercurrents and implications when the surface is scratched.

Primarily a figurative painter, the eyes are often the central focus of the artwork, the rationale being the artist firmly believes in the cliché of the “eyes being the window to the soul.”  In turn, the mouths are painted smaller as “actions speak louder than words.”

painting by Danyelle Lakin

Familias Separadas at Artspace

On June 4, 2021, artist Michelle Angela Ortiz unveiled Phase 3 of her Familias Separadas project, which focuses on the stories of families living in the US and how they have been impacted by detention and deportations.

On Artspace’s exterior, Ortiz installed three banners, 10 x 20 feet, of portraits that highlight the stories of undocumented community members that reside in or near Raleigh. These banners are on view through the fall.

detail of banner created by Michelel Angela Oritz