Fritz Erismann

Medium and major concentration of work:
Ink and watercolor drawings;oil paintings;
charcoal and pastel drawings;
abstract and semi-figurative "dreamscapes";
silkscreens.



"Art increases my chances for survival in this world. Art offers me hope and helps me cope with loss. Art makes sense because it doesn't have to. I try to access the formative, pre-verbal expressions of my own unconscious manifesting itself. For me, painting is like dreaming, except that I am concentrated and wide awake. When I paint and draw, (I don't distinguish between the two), I seem to enter a timeless realm which I call "the zone": a state of altered awareness induced by the practice of deep and sustained concentration, as on an infinitely elaborate task at hand."

"Painting is a place which allows me to suspend my disbelief, a place where I may dream and at the same time express the dream I happen to be dreaming. "The zone" suspends my habitual awareness and opens my mind to chance and to change, and to an interior monologue so strikingly random it always borders on chaos. There is a desire sometimes to escape one's own known world; and there is another, commensurate desire to stay in place and to bring order to it. Painting lessens the pain caused by the chaos. Painting expresses and contains all it can hold. Painting is a lifelong consolation. Hamlet should have been a painter, not a prince."

"What, then, are some of my artistic aims? To meditate, to concentrate and to create a body of work inspired by the quality of my dreams. To tell a story that can't be told in words. To surrender to a rigorous inquiry as I practice the art of making dreams visible. To explore the spacial density of such 'dreamscapes', their veiled content and their syntactic compression. To allow formal invention to follow my artistic investment in a realm beyond my ordinary waking consciousness. To let drawn paintings merge with painted drawings through my use of the solid line, the liquid line and the line drawn blind. To watch the intuitive 'seeing' of free association unfold, and perhaps to suggest how 'blindness' itself may be thought of as a metaphor for the human condition at large."

Contact: ferismann@nyc.rr.com


"Mephistopheles";
36x36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas

"Margarete";
36x36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas

"Faust";
36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas
"A triptych inspired by Gounod's Opera "Faust," based on Goethe's tragic drama by the same name, in which Faust, the learned and dissatisfied protagonist, enters into a pact with the devil, Mephistopheles, who, in exchange for his soul, promises Faust he will gain knowledge of things otherwise hidden or forbidden, thereby empowering him to conquer the heart of the beautiful Margarete. The drama's three main characters are re-imagined here by way of a fever-dream in fire-and-brimstone-red, of one man's insatiable lust for power."


"Blood Dream";
36x36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas
"Inspired by the haunting memory of violence sustained in childhood. The rivulets of crimson blood course through the dark mauve wasteland of a passion corroded by madness."

"Inspired by a peaceful feeling, a sense of dynamic balance held in suspense by the laws that govern the ocean tides; laws which may teach us to go with the flow of forces we cannot control and to remain pliable in the current so as not to break. To add to our sense of continual discovery, biomorphic shapes are embedded in an otherwise abstract composition."
"Deep Sea Seaweed";
36x36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas


"Unconscious Clutter";
36x36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas
"Inspired by the dense fabric of interwoven perceptions and preoccupations that govern our complex urban lives as we try to navigate our vessels through the dangerous passages within the labyrinth of our ambitions. Figurative elements are embedded in the composition to allow for continual discoveries, surprises and delights."

"Inspired by the initial encounter with a troubled muse and by the dream of floating somewhere above the sea and below the sky, suspended in an exotic realm of imagined bliss. The liquid white line accentuates the impression of opulent growth, as in a jungle thriving on air and water alone and needing no soil for sustenance or growth."
"Between Sea and Sky";
36x36in./92x92cm;
Oil on Canvas
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