One of Gurp City’s finest artists, Aye Jay has been grooming a protoge for the past 6 years. His son Cohen has been collaborating with well known artists for a minute. His pieces were revealed at his first art show a few weeks ago in Chico, CA at Crux Gallery. Next up for 6 year old Cohen is his first visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota with his dad to open his next showing at First Amendment Arts gallery June 16th and 17th.
First Amendment Arts is proud to present â€œDessert,â€ the collaborative art of
6-year-old Cohen Morano.Much like the title of the show, the art has no
grand illusions to be anything but a sweet feast, but for the
eyes rather than the taste buds. When asked about why he named the show as
such, he simply replied,â€œDessert is really good.â€
From the age of two (with a little help from dad, Gangsta Rap Coloring Book
artist Aye Jay), Cohenâ€™s watercolor paintings have traveled the globe to a
â€œWhoâ€™s whoâ€ of modern art, spanning graffitists, fine artists, printmakers,
tattoo artists, as well as clothing and toy designers. Once in the artistsâ€™
possession, they have carte blanche to do whatever they wish to one of
Cohenâ€™s watercolors before shipping it back to eager little hands.
What has come back has been nothing short of stunning, from Barry McGeeâ€™s
intricate pen work, Shepard Faireyâ€™s iconic stencils, Chris Wareâ€™s animals
on parade, to Mark Rydenâ€™s interpretive use of negative space. With the
number of pieces now well over one hundred, artist Jack Davis (of Mad
magazine fame) called Cohen â€œanother Ralph Steadman.â€ Other artists involved
in the show include Juxtapoz regulars Bigfoot, Kaws, and Gary Taxali, Ego
Trip’s Brent Rollins, rappers Rammelzee and Z-Man, gig poster giants Art
Chantry and Frank Kozik, and Burlesque’s own Aaron Horkey, Todd Bratrud, and
Mike Davis. While these collaborative pieces will not be for sale, this is a
very rare opportunity for Twin Cities art enthusiasts to come see work from
all of these artists in the same place at the same time.