New York

John Ferren

Kornblee Gallery

Abandoned since the eclipse of Abstract Expressionism, to which he contributed perhaps its most open and lyrical note, John Ferren continued to be concerned with the problems of a luminous, ebullient and etheric color. At moments this preoccupation with chromatic effects led him into apparently theoretical culs-de-sac but Ferren always countered with a native stress on feeling and mood over intellectual stringency. The vase series established the precedent of a Jungian motif in his work.

In recent years he has been drawn to the Mandorla shape—though in neither of these series are the symbolic or literary implications of the forms of primary importance. Ferren appeals first and perhaps exclusively to the senses. The lentil shape of the Mandorla pictures occasioned two dimensional compositions of vertical channels, parallel curves and rectangular subdivisions. Seemingly the result of a set

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