Hoboken artist featured at JC Studio Tour


Marianne Fourie – Jersey City Artists Studio Tour

marianne-fourie-2-small-hob.jpgThere is no doubt that Jersey City is a haven for up and coming artists. Touted by residents and media alike as “the new Brooklyn”, creative types flock to and flourish in its many diverse neighborhoods. This weekend, the 17th annual 2007 Jersey City Artists Studio Tour, gives art aficionados, scouts for fresh talent and ordinary folks the opportunity to scope out what’s going on behind the scenes in artists studios in this hip city.

Hoboken artist Marianne Fourie’s photo montages will be a part of the Kick Off Celebration and Reception to the Jersey City Studio Tour in the Canco Lofts. If you haven’t yet heard of Fourie, there’s a reason. Fourie, a native of South Africa and a citizen of France, moved to the United States in 2005 to further her career in the arts. But in the short period of time she’s lived here, she accumulated an impressive resume of exhibitions in the New Jersey region such as Fantastic Form at the Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts, Light at the Jersey City Museum, and Works on Paper at the Canco Lofts.

Read more about Marianne after the Jump!

passion.jpgFourie, a self-proclaimed “autodidact”, has no formal training in the arts. Although she studied art in her high school in South Africa, she was forced to abandon her studies when she moved to France at the age of 18 for monetary reasons. “You could never be sure that you’ll make money as an artist,” she says. “So I chose to study language, because I could get scholarships, a degree and travel.”

So she took a reprieve from her art to complete an undergraduate degree followed by a Master’s in Comparative Literature. But following graduation, her true calling beckoned. So she looked for ways to navigate France’s complicated employment system so that she can work and pursue painting.

“In France, unfortunately you can’t become a hotel receptionist with a Master’s degree,” she says laughing, but her voice is still tainted by frustration. “So I taught classes at the university for two days a week and I painted two days a week,” she says. “It was very difficult.”

While she was trying to balance time for work and time for painting, Fourie’s art was steered in a new direction during a trip to Japan; she started working on photo montages. Riding the subway there, (which she informs me is “clean and well lit”), she took pictures from the front of the train. When she got home and had a chance to play around with the photos in Photoshop, she was turned on by the plethora of forms she saw.

The photo montages that she’d previously seen were either retouched to make perfect (“not interesting,” she says) or were made to appear hyper real and hyper synthetic. “I haven’t seen anything like the photo montages that I’m creating,” she says. “I followed the excitement of using something new in a way that very few people have done.”


In Friday’s exhibition, Fourie’s photo montages will be featured in the “Memory for Fire and Water” exhibition at Canco Lofts. “The light sources have a flame-like quality which inspired the states of mind they depict – passion, pleasure and illumination – all of which have the consuming qualities of fire,” says Fourie.

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