The shopping mall is where it all began. As a child, Johnny Cohen could be found wide eyed, hands pressed against the immense, glass windows at the striking displays of Neiman Marcus. The silhouettes, colors, and stage lighting left him starry eyed. This excitement moved into his playroom where he replicated the colors, inventory, and sounds.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a BA in Advertising, he found a niche, creating art as a tool for branding. Johnny worked as a visual merchandiser, installing displays to enhance the customer experience. He decided to develop his skills in 3D design, pursuing an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Sculpture. Getting his hands dirty and working as a studio artist brought back those exciting, childhood memories. Johnny collects consumer goods that are fascinating-whether it be the shape, function, or color making their way into unique compositions that reflect on consumer culture.
Johnny is currently a Lecturer of Art and Director of the McEachern Art Center at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. With this dual role as an educator and gallery director, he strives to grow Macon's local art community and guide students to becoming successful in various creative fields.
Photo by ©Jessica Dean