Effigy (don't you love me anymore?) by Barnaby Furnas is a interpretative portrait of the contemporary art collector Michael Ovitz. Furnas came to the Neiman Center in the summer of 2007 to explore his interpretation of his subject's portrait in a stylistic defamation of character project. The artist chose Ovitz as subject inspired by a fall-out in their professional relationship. An exchange of power is presented here whereby the collector becomes the subject matter and a targeted figure - in this case maligned and scorned for a past injustice and exposed for a past grievance that was never righted. Historically effigy works expressed the ridicule and contempt of the subject in a public presentation. Here that thought is expressed and empowered by the multiplicity of the edition. The preparation of the print's intaglio plates utilized new tools to manipulate the acids and etches on the copper plate surfaces. It was discovered that medicinal hypodermic needles delivered delicate acid washes and spit bite solutions in very unique ways. Made from several intaglio plates, using all the techniques of intaglio: spit bite, aquatint and drypoint, with a final run of laser engraved burn pattern, penetrating the paper surface, in some areas burning right through the paper surface.
In the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Barnaby Furnas was born in Philadelphia in 1973 and graduated from Columbia University in 2000 with a MFA in Visual Arts. His solo exhibitions include Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Modern Art Inc., London, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna, the Deste Foundation, Athens, The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai China, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery, London.