LUMINOUS MATTER Fran Eber
June 14 - September 6
My work LUMINOUS MATTER channels the forces of fluid dynamics. I achieve this otherworldly look in my artwork by combining pigments, fluids, and additives to produce a physical reaction. Layering different densities of paint leads to the formation of cellular structures that echo natural processes. Some of my results are comparable to phenomena that can be observed in astronomy, such as the Rayleigh-Taylor instability seen in The Crab Nebula.
To create my paintings, I myself mimic the forces of nature by using multiple types of energy. I use the kinetic movement of my hands and body, generating the power needed to facilitate a chemical reaction in the paint and additives. This chemical reaction itself shapes the structure and design of my work, taking on a life of its own. Finally, I apply heat and fire to my paintings — additional forms of energy — to further induce movement and dynamic interest.
I experiment to discover new ways to generate surprising and exciting results. With this end in mind, my work uses multiple mixed media approaches. Some of the raw materials that I use include acrylic paint, alcohol inks, encaustic paint, pigments, and epoxy resin.
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When artists are friends, they spend years even decades watching one another’s work change and grow. They talk together in studios, galleries, museums and cafes, discussing the intersection of life and art. These conversations are so important to artists, as a studio practice is quiet and sometimes lonely. The shorthand developed over years of conversation can ignite a body of work, deepen a theme, or reimagine an idea just beginning to take shape. It’s no surprise that such friendships have historically been so important to …
IT WAS NO DREAM · NO FUE UN SUEÑO
IT WAS NO DREAM · NO FUE UN SUEÑO A group of high school students in New Jersey, stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, gathered virtually to read and discuss Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The alchemy of the story, in which a young man wakes in his room as a monstrous insect, kicks off a conversation among this cohort of first- and second-generation immigrant teens. A short film documents the Futuro youth mentoring program at LALDEF, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. …