Painter Challenges Viewers to Look at the Familiar with Fresh Eyes
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SEEING OURSELVES: ERIC FORSTMANN STILL LIFESwill be in the Museum’s Main Gallery December 9, 2012 – March 3, 2013. Organized in cooperation with Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, New York, the 36 oil paintings in the exhibition have been gathered from private collections across the country and represent two decades of the artist’s work.
For the Sharon, Connecticut artist Eric Forstmann, everyday items like kitchen goods on a shelf, a simple arrangement of fruit, or his well-known series of shirts hanging on a wall, are worthy subject matter in his lustrous paintings. Forstmann challenges the viewer to look again at the beauty found all around us.
Evansville Museum Director John Streetman, writes, “Like the poems of Robert Frost, Forstmann paintings are deceptively simple. Upon closer scrutiny, one senses that the modest subjects chosen are somehow the artist's personal icons, representing deeper themes about man's search for self and life's meaning. As to his technical skills, Forstmann, again like Frost, enjoys ‘the pleasure of taking pains’; and each new work is so fine, so impeccably finished that there is added joy in viewing them as meticulously crafted objects of great beauty.”
John O’Hern, the Santa Fe Editor of American Art Collector, describes Forstmann and his work, “My long-held belief is that something of the artist inevitably lives in his art and is experienced by the viewer. [Eric’s] paintings embody his intention to make us see what he thinks we may have overlooked or to see familiar objects again in a new context. They do that well. We construct our own narratives about the objects which are sometimes randomly and sometimes carefully arranged on tabletops and within cubbies. In our lives we may not give the objects a second glance, but in Eric’s paintings we are invited to look at them as they relate to one another in size, shape, and color, animated by light and shadow. The paintings are gentle but engaging, humorous but thoughtful. In this way they echo the personality of their maker.”
Forstmann studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. His work is found in numerous public and private collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Mr. Kevin Bacon and Ms. Kyra Sedgwick, New York; Ms. Jane Curtain, Connecticut; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Waterston, Connecticut; and Mr. and Mrs. Don Gummer, New York.
In conjunction with Seeing Ourselves: The Still Lifes of Eric Forstmann will be a Champagne Brunch and Gallery Talk featuring artist Eric Forstmann and Jane Eckert, owner of Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY. This Sunday, December 16 event will begin with a 12:30 p.m. brunch including complimentary champagne. The meal will be followed by a Gallery Talk featuring artist Eric Forstmann and gallery owner Jane Eckert discussing his work. This program is a great opportunity to learn what goes into the creation of Forstmann’s works and about the relationship between the artist and the gallery. Tickets for the brunch and gallery talk are $35, with a $5 discount to Museum Members, and can be purchased by calling (812) 425-2406.