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Eric Furman is driven to create art not only by a
lifelong interest in sculpture and metalwork, but also by his discomfort
with our increasingly fragmented society. The majority of Eric's work
is abstract, but some pieces are representational and often deal with
current themes. Contrasting forms reflect dissonant voices - with or
without resolution. Acute angles infuse his work: elements appearing
upright are rarely vertical and perceived right angles are often not
He attempts to build physical meaning from chaos by repurposing metal -
remodeling a small part of our world by cutting, machining, forging,
and joining metals. Reuse/Recycle is more than a motto for Eric. Many
of his sculptural elements are recycled metal fragments.
Eric believes abstract sculpture will continue to be a vital part of the
contemporary art scene through this century. Although his work does not
belong to any particular school of art, it remains true to a modernist
abstract tradition with emphasis on constructivism.
T.S.Elliot wrote, "Between the conception and the creation, falls the
shadow." To me, this is an apt description of my struggle to make
sculpture - the concept, the shadow of reality, and the resulting
creation. When working on a sculpture, I try to maintain the idea's
inspiration while dealing with the reality of process engineering. How
to keep a concept artistically flowing through the complexities of metal
alloys, elastic limits, spring constants, sheer strength, wind loading,
and seemingly a thousand other practical matters; is a fundamental
demon I daily wrestle.
One of my favorite oil painters, Stock Schlueter, says that artists are a curious blend of hubris and humility - hubris to think they can create what their mind sees, and humility when they view the finished product. In many ways this continual search to fulfill an inner vision, is what drives me to keep creating new pieces.