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Christopher Furman

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Christopher Furman

Christopher Furman

I have always been drawn to machine based work. All around us, movement remains constant, and it has become an interest of mine to reflect that state.

I went to high school in Rome Italy, which is important in that it had a profound effect on how I saw culture. What I saw of a grand and ancient era was the remnants, the residue. I carried this experience into undergraduate school by building machines that referred to western mythology, and creating devices that left a history of their actions in sand. Graduate school was spent being inundated with the current theories in art criticism. Though helpful in my intellectual development, I feel as though my aesthetics became dry and analytical. In fact, I recently arrived at a point where I feel as though the cynicism I so easily succumbed to has finally been lifted. I now have no need to address art as a vehicle to present ideas, but more as an expression of existence that we experience.

Christopher Furman

Christopher Furman

I believe that the process of art making is inherently a spiritual undertaking. This may not be a fashionable take on artistic motivation, but beyond any socio-political content of art lays the spiritual act of creation. From the modernist painting to a contemporary performance, the secular art world is imbued with the act of the infinite; Creation from thought manifesting itself in form and time. Religion, through faith, and science through empirical data attempt to illuminate issues. I explore questions, never intending to find the answers.

Christopher Furman

Christopher Furman

The question of existence. The human condition. These are the seeds of poetry. It is with this notion that I develop my work. I rely on archetypes as a visual bank, and the spectacle of theatrics to lure the audience into an entertaining and potentially meditative moment. Mechanical movement along with color, form, and sound create the environment, and the objects themselves are devices or characters that develop a narrative. A kinetic theater; a single piece is a vignette, and an installation is a performance. I am in search of an elusive ontological machine. A machine that tells us of ourselves.