Malcolm Cochran has created large-scale sculptures, installations, and site-specific public art since the late 1970s. His projects often develop in response to a particular place or location; other works are more introspective and originate in personal circumstances and events. Cochran has no primary medium or signature form, but strong threads run through his work: the importance of place and a strongly implied human presence are central to many of the pieces, and the works often imply narrative possibilities.
Cochran’s projects and exhibitions include works at Artpark, Lewiston, NY; P.S. 1 and Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC; Wexner Center and Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Contemporary Art Center and Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; Retretti Art Center, Finland; and Het Stroomhuis, The Netherlands. His permanent public commissions are in Brattleboro, VT; Cleveland, Columbus, and Dublin, OH; and in Hudson River Park, NYC. Cochran is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bellagio Center Residency Award of the Rockefeller Foundation, Awards in the Visual Arts 9, Art Matters, the Ohio Arts Council, and Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Malcolm Cochran lives and works in Columbus, OH. From 1986 until 2013, he was on the sculpture faculty at The Ohio State University. As Director and Curator, he was the driving force for Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012, a program of 14 temporary public projects in the central city by 49 international, national, and local artists organized in conjunction with the bicentennial of Columbus. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Artist at Columbus College of Art & Design.