GALLERY ETHER is pleased to announce SNOWBLIND, the second solo-exhibition by Honolulu-based printmaker Charles Cohan, to be held at GALLERY ETHER from Saturday, October 21st through Saturday, November 11th. 

In SNOWBLIND, Hawai’i-based printmaker Charles Cohan presents multiple ongoing print series exploring optical phenomena in his second solo-exhibition to be held by GALLERY ETHER. Inspired by the artist’s own experience with Photokeratitis, a painful condition of the eyes caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light rays. The condition is akin to a sunburn of the cornea and conjunctiva and is known to cause pain, intense tears, eye twitching, constricted pupils, and discomfort from bright light. Cohan first experienced this condition at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) while climbing Mt. Hood in Oregon, USA. Through his ongoing series, Cohan delivers a quite literal visual consideration of the indelible effects of retinal burn and optical failure, while giving further consideration to them as metaphorical representations of various psychological forms of “lack of vision”.


Charles Cohan

Charles Cohan is Professor of Art and Chair of Printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He works under the moniker ‘Arm and Roller Press’ when printing for artists and in community events, and is the co-founder of the Honolulu based Lithopixel Refactory Collective. He has been directly involved with the direction of the printmaking studio and curriculum of the Pilchuck Glass School for over 20 years. He annually teaches workshops and directs collaborative printmaking projects internationally.

  • 1960 Born in America
  • 1979-1983 BA Studies in Art in University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1983-1985 Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking in California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
  • 1986-1988 Master of Fine Art in Printmaking in Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI