Objects Of Desire, enticing, mysterious and fascinating… How did we become so addicted to certain objects? Why are we drawn to shopping and owning? More precisely, what motivates us to collect art? Why do we want art to be part of our lives and enter our private space?
Raphaele Cohen-Bacry believes this is because Humans need tangible outlets to express complex, ineffable emotions and experiences to make sense of them and gain perspective. And when we are lucky, art delivers. It can inspire creativity in the viewers and transform them into more positive, well-rounded human beings. What's more important in today’s stressful times, art is the ultimate personal healer. Thought-provoking or inspiring, it puts everything else in perspective and allows for a dose of serenity.
Additionally, art is like a snapshot in time and the collector (amateur or professional) often feels a genuine psychological desire to be part of a larger movement for the greater good. all art is fundamentally the same, reflecting who we’ve been and who we’ll always be.
While window shopping is quickly being replaced by online purchases, looking at art in person remains a unique and much deeper experience. It leaves the artwork as the ultimate object of desire that can trigger strong emotions and a yearning to own and share it within our circle.
As a metaphor for window dressing, Raphaele Cohen-Bacry’s paintings and other works of art are displayed at Encino Terrace Center, at street-level “store windows” that grant access to all passersby.
Though ephemeral in nature, window displays have been used to bring an object from its commercial nature to a more heightened artistic level. Here Raphaele Cohen-Bacry is reversing this tradition and is elevating window dressing by displaying unique works of art.
The 12 retail-like display windows are therefore used as condensed theater sets that surprise, destabilize, delight, and involve the public.