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James Fuhrman has worked as an artist and teacher since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, (BA,1965) and Temple University (M. Ed, 1971). His work extends from architectural scale public art venues to more quiet, contemplative studio sculpture, drawings and prints.
The study of Martha Graham dance, 1979-83, including a time drawing at her studio in New York, led to a series of calligraphic drawings where the intensity of the movement in the class seemed to flow spontaneously and automatically from the calligraphic brush into forms across the paper. This set of drawings changed his work from a study of geometric forms to explorations of a more personal and expressive nature.
The calligraphic nature of the Graham Technique drawings led him to study and work with the Japanese Zen enso circle form that connotes completion, fullness and inclusion. Ink drawings and digital/drawing prints are a vital element in his sculpture process—the drawings inform the sculptures; the sculptures inform the drawings. These drawings generated works as seen in the variety of bench forms and in some public art.
His most recent work includes careful considerations of contemplative spaces, finding quiet and stillness in using natural materials in more geometric forms that become spaces of quiet contemplation and reflection for the viewer to enter no matter the scale.
Recently Fuhrman recognized that a strong affinity for geologic forms has emerged in his work. These seem to be the edges of the earth - volcanic calderas, Scott's Bluff, Nebraska formation and rock and mountain formations.
He has worked in materials as diverse as welded stainless and concrete, welded Cor-Ten steel, wood, as well as installations of lighting and sunflowers and other natural materials. Fuhrman's work has been shown in, and is part of numerous public and private collections, in the City of Miami, FL, Dade County, FL, City of Philadelphia, PA, Washington DC, New York, Perth, Scotland, Great Britain, Japan, Brazil and Argentina and projects for the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia, PA. His completed architectural projects include a residence and a public art commission for an entry to a medical center. He taught Design and Aesthetics at Philadelphia University between 1985 and 2006.
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Communion Bench: Suffering Passes, Having Suffered Never PassesOak
23rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2009-2010)
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