Briefly describe the work you do.
I aim to create a phenomenological based situation in which the time duration of the exhibited occurrence becomes an experience rather than a measured interval. With an array of materials, I utilize both natural and synthetic processes to give my work a lifespan beyond the instantaneous viewing. By virtue of one’s own sensual impulses, I encourage the viewer to experience the present, develop a past, consider the future, and realize their place within the continuum of the work.
At what point I your life did you want to become an artist?
I feel like the urge to create and learn has always been there, but I didn’t know that I wanted to be a professional artist until high school when I realized you could go to college and pursue it seriously as a career.
Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.
I was born and raised in a blue-collar family. I think this is where I get my work ethic. Born into a household where there wasn’t much art exposure growing up, helped me make more authentic work. I believe this gave me a different perspective and made it easier to think outside of the art context and more from a real world perspective.
What types of conceptual concerns are present in your work? How do those relate to the specific process(es) or media you use?
Time: my concern is the temporality of my artwork, which causes me to use processes that are durational. My work usually has a lifespan.
We once heard Chuck Close say he did not believe in being inspired, rather in working hard everyday. What motivates you in your studio practice?
I think of every artwork as a stepping-stone. It is how I grow- knowing every work will simply lead me to the next, which I hope will keep me progressing in my research and making.
What artists living or non-living influence your work?
Ceal Floyer, Francis Alys, Roman Signer, Anne Hamilton, Anish Kapoor, Giuseppe Penone… among many others.
When you are not making art what types of activities and interests do you engage in?
I teach at several universities. I enjoy bowling, traveling and live music. When I’m not working, I volunteer for many arts organizations
Andrew Cozzens (b. 1983) is a Louisville native who received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 after earning his BFA from Murray State University in 2008. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO, the Arenes du Lutece, Paris, France, SLOSS Furnaces Historical Gallery, Birmingham, AL, and the Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Milliken Travel Grant and the Cite’ Internationale Des Arts Residency in Paris, France. He currently lives and works in Louisville, KY.
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