September 10-October 31, 2013
artist talk with Tami at 5:45pmclosing reception: October 18, 6-8pm
artist talk with Fran at 5:45pm
See magical worlds and mythical places from the mind of Fran Forman and Tami Bone at our grand opening exhibit Of Magic and Myth.
Fran Forman combines her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, the non-human world and the dislocations of time and place. Growing up in South Texas, Tami Bone spent a childhood oftentimes free and driven by her imagination. Her images pull from these early beginnings, calling forth yearnings, hopes, fears and dreams that make their way into her narrative images. Together they offer an exhibit full of wonder and mystery.
Tami Bone’s Mythos series is inspired by her childhood in deep South Texas, one that held more than the usual share of mystery. Her mind, always busy with imaginings, was also trying to see past the veil of obscurity that was her normal. Not knowing the people she came from, or how she came to be where she was, led to a heightened sense of wonder. This wonder imbued most everything; as long as she can remember, it has been entwined with a sense of hope and possibility.
Mythos developed from these early queries, of trying to see the unseeable and to know the unknowable – longings that we all share in some way or another. – Tami Bone
I’m obviously influenced by, honoring, and referencing, my forebears. But I also challenge the arbitrary divisions that relegate certain aesthetic styles to a particular point in time. I’ve always been drawn to portraits that display enigmatic expressions, and these portraits are the starting point of each image. I combine them with ‘painted’ backgrounds that I’ve created from various places, influenced by the late 19th century Pictorialists. From Surrealists, I draw their explorations of the accidents of time, of disparate objects, and of their whimsy, taking objects out of time and place to effect that transformation, placing elements together that could never exist in reality. As for my obsession with color and texture, I’m indebted in particular to the rich packed colors of Mark Rothko. My love of collage and assemblage honors Joseph Cornell. My early photographic influences were the poetic and philosophical imagery of Duane Michals, the surrealism and photo montages of Jerry Uelsmann, and the haunting children of Ralph Eugene Meatyard. The magic of today’s technology gives me the gift of the most valuable education – new images from around the globe delight and inspire me each day, and to those anonymous artists, I’m also indebted. – Fran Forman