CANADA is proud to present this exhibition of paintings by Gerald Ferguson curated by Luke Murphy. It includes eleven major works and is accompanied by a catalog with essays and pieces by Lawrence Weiner, Donald Kuspit and Peggy Gale.
Ropes, chains, clothesline, ash cans, drain covers, black enamel house paint rubbed across raw canvas, repeated, rearranged and repeated again — the work of Gerald Ferguson appears in New York for the first time in forty years. This array of eleven paintings include works from his 1968 typographical “period” paintings and a key group of his later frottages.
Ferguson was a first generation conceptual artist whose early conversations informed his approach to painting throughout his career. From his ‘task oriented’ paintings to his later rigorous methodology, painting was, in his words, one of the only things he really understood. His work, he said “let beauty in through the back door.”
GERALD FERGUSON. WORK. is a glimpse of a career driven by an autotelic logic. It begins with his early stenciled grids and ends with his late works, created by passing black-enamel laden rollers over abject objects under raw canvas and forming expansive landscapes of black indexical marks or dense monumental architectonic compositions.
Ferguson’s work can be characterized as sets of sometimes beautiful, sometimes difficult tensions between the manifest logic and the absurd simplicity of the process, between roughshod production and the sensitivity of the chosen compositions, between blackness and the promise of light.
There will be a performance A Choral Reading on Saturday, February 11 at 7pm and a reception will follow.
Untitled, 1969, Enamel on canvas, 71 x 73 in
L4, 1968, Enamel on canvas, 48 x 48 in
Untitled, 1969, Enamel on canvas, 57 x 68 in
Drop cloth 008, 2003, Mixed media on drop cloth, 55 x 134 in
4 Doormats, 2003, Enamel on canvas, 52 x 71 in
9 Drain Covers, 2006, Enamel on canvas, 48 x 55 in
9 Ash Cans, 2006, Enamel on canvas, 53 x 53 in
1 Km Rod, 2006, Enamel on canvas, 104.5 x 48 in
18 Drain Covers, 2006, Enamel on canvas, 62 x 54 in
1 Mile Clothesline, 2000, Enamel on canvas, 60 x 108 in