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JASON FERGUSON

JASON FERGUSON

Artist Work

Inanimate Autopsy
2005
wood, stainless steel, recliner and video projection
H 5ft6in x W 8ft6in x D 2ft6in
Inanimate Autopsy (detail)
2005
wood, stainless steel, recliner and video projection
H 5ft6in x W 8ft6in x D 2ft6in
Inanimate Dissection
2005
wax dissection tray, shoe and video projection
H 1ft x W 6in x D 3in
Volume Study: Living Room
2005
altered found objects
Variable
Volume Study: Workbench
2005
wood and altered found objects
Variable
Chair Skin Rug
2006
altered found object, gabardine and felt
H 8ft x W 6ft x D 6in

Artist Information

Artist Statement

Recurring themes in my work are objectivity and existence. My current approach consists of deconstructing inanimate objects and presenting them with video documentation of the procedures performed. I first applied the idea of performing medical procedures on the common object in Inanimate Dissection, in which a shoe is disassembled using the techniques taught in a high school biology lesson. The video documentation of the methodology is of equal importance in the resulting sculpture. The concept is embodied in the processes applied to the selected item, not in the consequential product alone. In conjunction with the shoe dissection, I began building an autopsy table for a larger specimen. The research necessary for Inanimate Autopsy resulted in my working on human cadavers with a pathophysiologist. For the video documentation to hold any validity, the techniques applied to the inanimate object had to be genuine. Every precaution was taken to follow protocol accurately. The object selected to be the subject of the autopsy is a leather reclining chair. My assistant and I handled the subject with care and followed the official procedures leading to uneventful discoveries. If an object is approached with the care and concern taken in handling a once living organism, an inanimate object acquires a value relative to our own. The central theme of this work, as in all of my work, is a dialogue between “being”; merely containing material objectivity, and “existing”; or possessing awareness of one's material objectivity.

Artist Bio

Solo Exhibitions: “Objectivity: A Dialogue”, (upcoming May1), Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (2007); "Recent Work," Saints and Sinners Gallery, Baltimore, MD (2002). Group Exhibitions: “ICA Spring Exhibition”, selected by Elyse Gonzales, curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2006); “Janus”, selected by Sarah Tanguy, curator ART in Embassies Program, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD (2006); “Identity”, selected by Louis Flanigan, Gallery MC, New York, NY (2005); “MFA Biennial Exhibition”, selected by Susan Isaacs PhD, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (2005); Members Juried Exhibition, selected by Kristen Hileman, curator, Hirshorn Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE (2005); “Art Happens 4”, University of Delaware New Arts Building, Newark, DE (2005); “Delaware @ Towson”, Towson Commons Art Gallery, Towson, MD (2004); “Art Happens 3”, University of Delaware New Arts Building, Newark, DE (2004); “Drawing to Sculpture”, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD (2004); “Heavy Metal- An Exhibition of Sculpture in Metal”, Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA (2003); Sculptors Incorporated Annual, Liriodendron Mansion, Belair, MD (2003); “A Sculpture Odyssey”, Mill River Gallery, Ellicott City, MD (2001); Sculptors Incorporated Annual, Boordy Vineyards, Hydes, MD (2001). Commissioned Work: Sculpture entitled “At Rest”, permanent collection of Paul Curtis, York, PA (2004); “Untitled” sculpture, permanent collection of Andrew Yff, Baltimore, MD (2002); “Untitled” sculpture, permanent collection of Bill Nichols, Daisy, MD (2001). Work in Collections: “Untitled” sculpture, permanent collection of Jim Judeikis, Baltimore, MD (2003); Sculpture entitled “Schematics,” permanent collection of Kevin Hayden, Cockeysville, MD (2003); Sculpture entitled “Numb,” permanent collection of Lise Karin Worthington, Belair, MD (2002); Sculpture entitled “Survival of the Fittest,” permanent collection of Ad Schalkx, Zaltbommel, the Netherlands (2002); Sculpture entitled “Just an Object,” permanent collection of Ad Schalkx, Zaltbommel, the Netherlands (2002); Sculpture entitled “Exaggerated Appendages 3,” permanent collection of John Dantonio, Rockville, MD (2001); Sculpture entitled “Exaggerated Appendages 2,” permanent collection of Katie Humphreys, Catonsville, MD (2001); Sculpture entitled “Exaggerated Appendages 1,” permanent collection of Shannon Reilly, Baltimore, MD (2001). Pedagogic Experience: Artt 116-011 Introduction to Digital Media, at the University of Delaware (2005); Artt 250-440 Beginning Sculpture, at the University of Delaware (2004). Grants, Scholarships, and Awards: Graduate Assistantship, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (2005); Award, Towson University Sculpture Department, Towson, MD (2001); Award, Towson University Sculpture Department, Towson, MD (2000); Baltimore Wood Guilders Award, Baltimore, MD (1999). Education: MFA Candidate, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (2004-Present); BFA, Towson University, Towson, MD (2001).