“Peasse-ed13” by Pavel Forman, acrylic on canvas, 2007
Photo Credit: Submitted
Southern Indiana Review will celebrate the release of its fall 2013 issue with a slideshow presentation and discussion titled “No Return” by internationally -known artist Pavel Forman at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 14, in Kleymeyer Hall in the lower level of USI’s Liberal Arts Center. A reception will follow in the McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries.
Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Forman is a figurative and large-scale painter and mixed media artist whose visual understanding of the world was affected by the era of social realism in which he grew up.
“For me, painting is the most important means of expression. I enjoy exploring its functionality in various contexts, searching for its boundaries, and finding out why it is so different from other media,” Forman wrote, in an artist’s statement for Southern Indiana Review. “I often use a “nonpainting” approach: spray, tapes, projectors, and patterns. I flirt with the visuality of social realism and pop-art; I like using symbols that can be understood by people who, on one hand, don’t deal with art, but on the other are used to communicating through the languages of today’s supermedial world.”
In recent years, Forman hasworked in Russia, Denmark, Lithuania, Germany, andthe Netherlands. His work was honored at the Portuguese Biennale in 2009 and the Moscow Biennale for Young Contemporary Art in 2010. He graduated from Palacký University in Olomouc and continued his studies in Berlin at Humboldt University and Berlin University of Art. Forman has also published three collections of poetry.
Forman’s presentation is sponsored by USI’s Art Department and Southern Indiana Review.
Southern Indiana Review is a national literary magazine of poetry, fiction, interviews, art work, photography, critical essays, and reviews published biannually by the University of Southern Indiana. The fall 2013 issue will be available for purchase at the USI Campus Store, Barnes and Noble booksellers, and online at www.usi.edu/sir.
For more information, contact Ron Mitchell, instructor in English and editor of Southern Indiana Review, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812/461-5202.