Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman's enthusiasm for drawing began early in her childhood, when she and her family traveled to some of the world's most remote landscapes, the subject of her Mother's fine art photography. A Cum laude graduate in Studio Arts from Skidmore College, Zaria has exhibited extensively at galleries and venues throughout the united states and overseas. She created a series of drawings that served as the set design for the classic ballet "Giselle", which premiered in October, 2012 at the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland. A number of her drawings were used in the set design for "House of Cards", a Netflix TV series directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. 

In August 2012, Zaria led Chasing the Light, an arctic art expedition up the North West Coast of Greenland. It was the second expedition to this area whose mission was to create art inspired by the dramatic geography. The first was in 1869 aboard the Panther, led by the American painter William Bradford. Her mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but sadly did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and Zaria made a promise to carry out her mother’s final journey to honor her. In Greenland Zaria scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. Rena is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. 

Following a section of the Panther route, Chasing the Light found several locations photographed by John Dunmore and George Critcherson, the photographers hired by Bradford to help him document the voyage. As Bradford did in the nineteenth century, Zaria refers in my work to photographs she captured in Greenland, her sketches drawn en route, and most importantly her memory of the experience.

“With my Greenland series I attempt to capture the ephemeral properties of arctic light. I am interested in the element of water and how it absorbs and reflects the light in its various forms. The forms that we easily recognize are water, cloud, and ice; these are essential elements that inspire my compositions. I am also interested in the transition between these states and enjoy the challenge of translating such sublime experiences into my work. The different forms of illuminated water give rise to the dreamy, atmospheric scenes that I hope will transport the viewer to this remote region of the earth, and encourage action to preserve it.” - Zaria Forman

Dedee Shattuck Gallery Exhibits: 

Small Works, 2013

Zaria Forman, Huguette May, Sandra Allen

Open

 

 Additional works available, to inquire about works, please email dedeeshattuckgallery@gmail.com or call 508.636.4177

Résumé

 


EDUCATION

2005 BS in Studio Arts, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2004 Student Art Centers International (SACI), Florence, Italy Spent a semester directly enrolled with other students from around the world. Studied Jewelry and metals, advanced drawing, Italian Language, and Renaissance Art History.

HONORS

Periclean Honors ­– In recognition of high academic achievement

Cum Laude – With honor in art Highest Departmental Honors – For achieving a GPA in the highest grouping of the studio art department

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Zaria Forman, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2008 Arctic Light: Recent Drawings, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

2006 Clearly Nebulous, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

2006 Drawings by Zaria Forman, Bunburry’s Art Gallery, Piermont, NY

2005 Zaria Forman, Case Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

SET DESIGN

TV 2013 House of Cards, Netflix Original.

Theatre 2012 Giselle, The Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland 2009 Luminous, Beijing Contemporary Dance Theatre, Beijing, China.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013

Zaria Forman and Huguette May, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport MA 

Arctic Visions New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

Spring Highlights, Winston Wachter, Seattle WA

2012

Giselle, Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, NY

Earth, Sky, and in Between, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY

Group Summer Show, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Group Summer Show, Victorine Contemporary Art, Newport, RI

Flaura and Fauna, Gay Head Gallery, Aquinnah, MA

Brucennial 2012, The Bruce High Quality Foundation in collaboration with Vito Schnabel, New York, NY

2011

Obsessions: Cavin Morris Gallery in colaboration with John Zorn, New York, NY

AAF: The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY Art Auction to Benefit Japan,

VON Bar, New York, NY

Master Drawings New York, Mark Murray Gallery, New York, NY

2010 

Real: Realism in Diverse Media, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert CA

Curate NYC 2010 A multi-venue juried exhibition of NYC artists

My Summer Vacation, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

Gallery Artists, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

Juried Alumni Exhibition, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Brucennial 2010: Miseducation The Bruce High Quality Foundation in collaboration with Vito Schnabel, New York, NY

Looks Good on Paper, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

Natural Visions, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

New Landscapes, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2009

Parallel, Zaria Forman and Rena Bass Forman, The Durst Organizarion at the Wall Street Journal Lobby Gallery, New York, NY

Designer's Showroom, D&D Building, NY, NY

The Art of Seeing, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

Top to Bottom, A Hudson River Arts Map Installation, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY

Enlightenment, Rockefeller Parks Preserve Art Gallery, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Spring Group, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

Selected Works by Gallery Artists, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO.

Abstract/Nature, DFN Gallery, NY, NY

Designer's Show and Sale, The Designer Show House on the Hudson, Grandview, NY

2008

Polar Light: Greenland, Zaria Forman and Rena Bass Forman, Look North Inuit Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Summer Group Exhibition, The David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO

Summer Group Show, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

Light Entanglements, Blue Hill Art and Cultural Center, Pearl River NY

Tranceformation, Benefit Show and Auction, List Art Center, Brown University, RI

Spring Group Show, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO.

Artists For L.W.A.L.A., Auction Event, Gallery Bar, NY, NY.

Some Wonderful Things Part II, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

Zaria Forman and Catherine Minnery, The Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ

Solstice, The David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO

Palm Beach 3, DFN Gallery, Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, FL

Works on Paper, DFN Gallery, NY, NY Winter Group Show, RARE Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

2007

Anderson Ranch Annual Arts Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

Collectors Show and Sale, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Summer Group Show, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

Summer Group, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

It’s Outstide, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

Summer Group Exhibition, RARE Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY Group Exhibition, Project A Gallery, Nashville, TN

Group Exhibition, Allen Sheppard Gallery, NY, NY

2006

The Next Generation, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

Collectors Show and Sale, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Seven: Degrees of Relativity, Rockland Center for the Arts, S. Nyack, NY

2005

Senior Thesis Exhibition, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Juried Exhibition, Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

2004

Juried Student Exhibition, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy

Group Exhibition, Case Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

Group Exhibition, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY


COLLECTIONS


Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum Aby Rosen Arkansas Art Museum Gerard Depardieu


PUBLICATIONS


2012 Arctic Voices: Resistence at the Tipping Point, by Subhankar Banerjee http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Voices-Resistance-Tipping-Point/dp/160980385X
2012 Artist Fulfils Mother's Dream by retracing William Bradford's Arctic Journey, The Advocate http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120802/PUB01/208020376/-1/ARCHIVE 2012 Essence du Romantisme Recadree, Le Courrier, Bertrand Tappolet
2012 Former Fisherman Jim Clark Brings Inuit Art to Red Hook, The Red Hook Star-Revue, Elizabeth Graham
2011 Featured artist in Winter issue of AVALON Magazine
2011 Featured artist in Spring issue of AVALON Magazine
2011 ARTnews, review on REAL: Imago Galleries, Richard Chang, Feb. issue. 
2010 Artist Spotlight: Zaria Forman Love + Water Designs, Alexis Fedor http://www.loveandwaterinternational.com/2010/09/artist-spotlight-zaria-forman.html
2010 Artists Pack a Range of Emotion in 'My Summer Vacation' at Winston Wachter in Seattle. Nancy Warssam, The Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/thearts/2012546262_vacation06.html
2010 Zaria Forman's Forces of Nature, Interview with Maija Laurens, Talent In Motion Magazine. www.timmag.com/newed/p14.htm 2010 House of the Month, Living Etc. Magazine, London http://gb.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issue=416128210&o=ext
2010 Inside/Outside The Brucennial, Catherine Kron, Art In America www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/the-scene/2010-02-26/bruce-high-quality-foundation-brucennial/
2010 Who Needs The Whitney? They Have Their Own Show, Holland Cotter, The New York Times www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/the-scene/2010-02-26/bruce-high-quality-foundation-brucennial/
2008 Arcitc Lights, Green Meadow Alumni Magazine Alumni_Magazine_Fall_08
2008 Northern Exposure, Shannon Sharpe, American Craft Magazinehttp://www.americancraftmag.org/zoom-entry.php?id=5036
2008 Arctic Art, Josie Garthwaite, Sierra Club Magazine http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2008/08/arctic-art.html
2008 Comb Gallery For 'Wonderful Things', Lennie Bennet, Times art critic, St. Petersburg Times
2008 Two Waterscape Approaches,  Evelyn Shih, The Bergen Record
2008 The New Years Group Dynamic,  Alix Finkelstein, The New York Sun
2007 Only the Sky’s the Limit with This Exhibit, Joan Altabe, The Bradenton Herold
2007 A Summer Vacation for the Mind, Marty Fugate, The Observer

 


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