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Fran Forman is a time traveler, but not in the usual sense. Her surreal imagery suspends time and builds anticipation – something is always on the brink of happening. With visual narratives bearing her signature blend of photography and Photoshop, Forman elusively references her worldwide travels and tireless interior explorations. Twenty-six pieces of her most recent work are now on view at Pucker Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston through July 22nd, 2018.
Forman’s narratives are always searching. Whether tranquil or steeped with tension, her alluring settings frame ambiguous encounters. You never really know what you’re looking at and I think this is one of Forman’s greatest strengths as a raconteur. She builds both beauty and discomfort into her scenes, with lush, saturated colors, pleasingly redundant geometries, palpable textures, mysterious figures and a suffusion of light that is at once warm and surreal.
Forman’s restless imagination has always guided her highly intuitive practice. Early on, her imagery primarily featured fanciful escapes from reality, but her sensibility has grown more nuanced and ominous in recent years. I liken it to her taking a seat at the grown-up table, evolving a more layered and sophisticated viewpoint. Her most recent imagery reflects both a wider worldview, with photography created during artist residencies from Norway to South America, and a deeper psychological dive into the fears that possess our dreams and the passions that propel our actions.
Forman’s photographs on view at Pucker Gallery reveal a splendid maturity. Human and animal figures pointing inward signify introspection, as do the interactions between near and distant planes, inviting viewers further into her luminous scenes. This visual layering of outer and inner worlds, of reality and fantasy, of beauty and danger, combine to give Forman’s images a full synchrony of harmonies and melodies. Forman’s enduring talent is to provide just enough visual and emotional intrigue to capture our imaginations and beckon us forward to discover the chords that resonate with us.
For more information about this exhibit, go to: https://www.puckergallery.com/
Feature Image: “Abandoned” (Detail) from the series In The Shadows Of Life by Fran Forman (courtesy of the artist and Pucker Gallery, Boston).