Conversations With Light
Yellow Cat Press, 2020
An elegant woman strolls through the fashion district in San Francisco one afternoon, unclothed. A nude figure huddles on the wing of a wrecked airplane. A stressed and contorted body fits itself comfortably into the jaws of a massive metal stamping machine. These are the sort of uneasy images that embody artist D. Keith Furon’s master collection of photographic work. There’s a glossy eroticism to all of his images; whether through tension in the human body, or the sensual curves and edges of a prickly cactus, or the expression in a portrait, or the discarded and decaying remnants of urban life. The iconography of his stylishly risqué oeuvre encompasses all of these subjects and so many more.
Furon’s photographs are as much about him as they are about his subject. Which pushes him to explore, in each image, a deeper visual awareness of what is too often taken for granted by others.
“I don’t care if people love my work or dislike it, as long as they react to it,” he explains. The reaction alone is success, Furon believes. “If someone looks at an image of mine and feels nothing, if that person has no reaction to it at all, I have failed to communicate. But if someone loves the image, or even dislikes it, I have succeeded because I made the person feel something. And that’s what art should do—make people feel something, anything.”