Nov 112016

"Hallelujah" Poet Leonard Cohen Has Died

Leonard Cohen, the revered Canadian singer, songwriter, artist, poet and novelist has died at 82. Intensely original, compared to Bob Dylan and James Joyce but second to none, Cohen created a style / genre all his own.

Born on September 21st 1934 in Montreal, Canada, Cohen died on November 10th 2016 in Los Angeles, at the age of 82. He was a Jew from a well-to-do family who spent several years as a Zen Buddhist monk… He loved spectacular women but never got married. In the course of his life, Cohen earned a fortune but found himself forced to work and tour till the end because his one-time partner decimated his retirement funds and even though Cohen won the case in court he couldn’t collect the money awarded to him by the court. Just these few examples suggest that Leonard Cohen led a colorful albeit not uncomplicated life. Complicated lives of creative – and talented! – people produce wonderful art. It is definitely true of Cohen.

Best known in the United States as a singer / songwriter, Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne” and other songs became classics. Among his studio albums are:

  • Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
  • Songs from a Room (1969)
  • Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
  • New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974)
  • Death of a Ladies’ Man (1977)
  • Recent Songs (1979)
  • Various Positions (1984)
  • I’m Your Man (1988)
  • The Future (1992)
  • Ten New Songs (2001)
  • Dear Heather (2004)
  • Old Ideas (2012)
  • Popular Problems (2014)
  • You Want It Darker (2016)

Cohen’s accomplishments as a singer / songwriter earned many recognitions. Among them are Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian government bestowed upon him the title of an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991, and eventually upgraded it in 2003 to the rank of Companion of the Order in 2003.

In July of this year, Leonard Cohen learned that his once-love Marianne Ihlen (whom he has immortalized in “So Long, Marianne”) was dying. Upon learning of her impending demise, Cohen wrote a moving poem for her in which he mentioned that he will follow her soon. How prophetic.

A Facebook post on Leonard Cohen’s page says:
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.
We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.
A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted:
“No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him.”

Huge outpouring of condolences from artists and notables worldwide continues.

The man who once said: “I intend to live for ever.” is gone. His children, several women, many friends and even more fans are in mourning. Leonard Cohen lived, felt, thought and created. He generously shared his thoughts and feelings through his poetry. His thoughts on life and death, love and religion and other existential topics enriched us all and remain relevant.




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Aug 082012

SHOW DATES: September 8 – October 27, 2012

RECEPTION: Saturday, September 8, 6 – 8 pm

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm

“Suda House: Beneath the Surface”

“Suda House: Beneath the Surface”

dnj Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition, “Beneath the Surface,” featuring photographs by San Diego-based artist Suda House. The exhibition will be on display from September 8 through October 27, 2012, and will occupy both the main gallery and Gallery II of dnj Gallery’s space at Bergamot Station.

At various significant points in her life and career, House has focused on pulling back nature’s physical boundaries to explore the strength and power of women. “Beneath the Surface” highlights three separate projects, “Aqueous Myths,” “Aquarella” and “Under the Skin of Grace,” all devoted to the theme of female empowerment. The majority of the pieces in the exhibition from the “Aqueous Myths” and “Aquarella” projects are vintage Cibachromes, which will also be available as contemporary, archival, digital prints.

House created “Aqueous Myths” during the 1980’s, when she first moved to San Diego and began observing the rich marine life that was beneath the choppy waves of her ocean swims. This series portrays fantastical scenes of underwater creatures, all of which were shot in a tank in her studio. Inspired by the high-powered career woman of the 1980’s and the female athletes in the 1984 Olympics, House matched the pieces to water-themed Greek myths. In the process, the figures assumed the status of goddesses.

In “Aquarella,” House turned to a more natural view of her subjects at a period when the idea of motherhood loomed large in her life. This time shot through the observation window of a diving pool, House captures the mini-dramas that occur beneath the water. The safety of being surrounded by liquid, the struggle, the release and the eventual rise to the surface are seen as allegories for maternity.

Finally, in “Under the Skin of Grace,” House imagines a fictional archaeological world in which she looks beneath the earth to find relics depicting the archetypal woman. Influenced by Bryan Sykes’ 2001 book, “The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry,” House uses plaster casts discarded by a local sculpture class to suggest artifacts that loosely illustrate Sykes’ thesis that a large portion of the population can be traced back genetically through their maternal lineage (or as House views it, beneath the surface of patriarchal surnames and genealogies) to one of only seven different women. House created these photographs during the course of her own struggles as a mother and daughter and views them as symbols of the immutable lineage, common instincts and strength of women throughout time.

Suda House is Professor of Art and Photography at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California. She was the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Emerging Photographer’s Fellowship in 1980 and is the author of several books about photography. Her work has been exhibited widely in California as well as nationally and internationally, and is a part of numerous private and corporate collections.

dnj Gallery is located at 2525 michigan avenue, suite J1, santa monica, ca 90404. Phone: (310) 315-3551. Website: