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Joe Forkan:


Press Release:   For Immediate Release

Exhibition:  Joe Forkan: Paintings

Dates:    February 27th - April 7th, 2004

Opening Reception:   Friday, March 5th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Gallery, 330 South Scott Avenue, in the Temple of Music and Art.
The Temple Gallery is managed by Etherton Gallery 624-7370

Gallery Hours:    Monday-Friday, 10-6 p.m. and prior to performances

Contact:    Terry Etherton, Jerre Johnston, Hannah Glasston

Joe Forkan:
Forkan's paintings explore different perceptions of memory. Within the freeze frame recollection of events culled from photographs he forces the image's moment in time to an appropriated crisis, suggesting the hidden or undisclosed 'remembrance of things past.' Embedded in this pictorial retelling of the photographic image is Forkan's offering of a self-reflexive reality more true to resonating emotion than fleeting fact. Using the suggestive settings of various images as jumping off points for his paintings he highlights the photographs capacity to capture the surface aspect of things, and to extend the moment while compressing time.

In addition to referencing fragments of vintage and contemporary photography Forkan draws from life and from memory, as he states, "I try to track my own inventions and my attempts to build coherence and narrative from subject matter reduced to a bare minimum." In paintings that are often stylistically reminiscent of soft focus photographs, Forkan integrates modernism's nonobjective and figural modes into organic and evocative abstractions that reference the outside world either as "little moments" or those internalized moments connected to memory.

Much of the effect of his paintings derive from his use of light, and freely composed, but descriptive brush strokes that are rendered with deft, abstract expressionist strokes.  While photos allow us to stare into the faces of those long dead, dwell on lost moments, and root through the relics of vicarious memories, they often influence and distort our recollections to agree with them. With the process of painting the sense memory of experience joins with narrative and the characters become imbued with a kind of 'symbolic activity' that takes place in an unfamiliar space. As Forkan states, "I am also very interested in the poetic and technical traditions of image making, and how intent and content co-mingle and expand within the creative process."

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
and prior to Arizona Theatre Company performances

The Temple Gallery is managed by
Phone: 520-624-7370

at the Temple of Music and Art
330 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, Arizona

Etherton - Temple Gallery