Emily Furr is a New York-based visual artist investigating themes of imperial structures, industrialism and transformation. As part of our ongoing exhibition in collaboration with Galerie magazine, Furr’s new hand-embellished print, Moon Chute, is on view at Ralph Pucci International (Miami, FL) through January 31, 2023. The work is available to purchase exclusively on artforchange.com. In celebration of the exhibition, we’re pleased to take a closer look into Furr’s practice and the inspiration behind her newest hand-embellished print.
Furr works in an exciting graphic style blending the physical and immaterial with bold forms in rich colors. All of her shapes have a certain sheen to them, emphasizing the artist’s concern with consumption and materiality—a plasticity and discipline undergirds even the natural elements of her work. Yet, this notion does not obfuscate the inherent playfulness and vivacity of her piece.
Moon Chute features six moons tumbling through a translucent chute with a stark black mouth at the beginning at each end. Reminiscent of an assembly line, the lunastic forms are spat out one end and received with a glowing aura in the next. Are we viewing movement as they slide through the pressurized tunnel like a bank teller at a drive-through line? Or perhaps we’re witnessing a sense of repetition and infinite forms, a new moon being delivered to the Earth each night, to match the present moment of ever-heightened mass consumption, where fast fashion, fast food, and fast trends dominate.
Either way, Furr’s sparkling composition demonstrates the incongruence between material, capitalist progress and nature. The deceptive coldness reverberates through the twinkling stars, as the whimsical sparsity of her style invites such open ended questions. A manufactured dystopia, Furr’s work has the capacity to search for new worlds while pulling back the curtain on the one we already inhabit.
Furr’s print is on view at Ralph Pucci International in Miami through January 31, 2023 as a part of our collaboration with Galerie magazine and available for purchase exclusively on artforchange.com.