About

Artist Statement
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 ninety degrees.

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.


Artistic Process
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 the best oil painters I know, Stock Schlueter, says that artists are a curious mix of hubris and humility - hubris to think that they can create what their mind sees, and humility when they view the finished product.


Artist Resume
Education
B.S., Physics & Mathematics, Pacific Union College, 1971

Juried Shows
2011 - 2012 --------- Eureka C Street Plaza, Eureka, CA
2011 - 2013 --------- Napa ARTwalk - Momentum: Art That Moves (Us), Napa, CA
2011 ---------------- Ruth Bancroft Garden 17th Annual Sculpture in the Garden, Walnut Creek, CA
2011 ---------------- Cloverdale Annual Juried Sculpture Exhibit, Cloverdale, CA
2007 - 2011 --------- RAA Spring Exhibition at Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
2009 - 2011,'07 ------ HAC Members Exhibition at Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
2006 - 2011 --------- HAC Junque Arte Competition at Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

Solo Shows
2010 -- Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA
2009 -- Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA
2008 -- Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA

Public Work
2008 -- “Organic Arms”, Humboldt State University, Student Health Services, copper, 7’ 8”
2011 -- "Yellow Lightening", Cloverdale Annual Juried Sculpture Exhibit, aluminum, 15'
2011 - 2012 -- "Leaner", Eureka C Street Plaza Juried Sculpture Exhibit, steel & bronze, 6'
2011 - 2013 -- "Wind Arcs", Napa ARTwalk Juried Sculpture Exhibit, aluminum and stainless, 20'

Gallery Representation
Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA
Sewell Gallery, Eureka, CA
Studio S, Eureka, CA

Awards
2006 ---- Best of Show, $500 award, Redwood Art Association Judged Exhibit, Eureka, CA
Various -- Judge’s Awards, Commendables, Honorable Mentions, etc.

Organizations
Director -- Morris Graves Museum of Art (Humboldt Arts Council), Eureka, CA
Director -- Redwood Arts Association, Eureka, CA
Member -- International Sculpture Center (ISC), Hamilton, NJ

Selected Collections
Sally Arnot
Jonathan Greenberg
Peter Malone
Nick and Chris Kieselhorst
Stock and Rachel Schlueter
Suk Choo and Young Mi Kim
Claudia Israel
Chris Kerrigan
Mike and Katy Yanke
Mike Gordon and Nicole Bill
Allan Katz
Judy Edson
Humboldt State University
Duke Diel
Bruce Capaccio and Celia Kaplan
Mary Lee Rutlage
John Ash and Dolores Vellutini
Peter and Sara Starr
Barbara Pelletreau
Jim and Linda Landau