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Expressions of the Moment

May 22, 2012, Volume 58, No. 34

James Fuhrman has created 19 "still and quiet" pieces for exhibition now at the Burrison Gallery. Based on his enso (Japanese calligraphic circle) ink paintings, these works-on-paper, are "expressions of the moment" having taken a lifetime of experience to develop. The painting gesture is delicate, strong, immediate and timeless; the forms are enclosing and excluding. In these small, fragile, almost ephemeral materials, he shows the wellspring, the source, of his large, substantive outdoor installations.

The works are filled with dynamic energy; yet, the images within their frames become contemplative—"still and quiet" with a monumentality and gravity that attracts the viewer to their inner subtlety.

Mr. Fuhrman confirms his profound connection to geologic process and to a sense of "deep time" in nine of the works where he merges the enso ink paintings with his color photographs of nightscapes, moon and sun reflections and the March 2012 solar flare (NASA).

This exhibition marks 50 years—almost to the day—since he was first introduced to art as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania less than two blocks from the gallery. The opening reception is today, May 22, 5-7 p.m.; the exhibit at the Burrison Gallery continues through June 29.

Almanac - May 22, 2012, Volume 58, No. 34