Ferguson's work is an interpretation, via abstraction, of space and the flexible nature of perception. Using pattern and color, along with a range of process-driven approaches and modern materials, Ferguson creates works based on mathematical puzzles and pattern variations that land somewhere at the intersection of painting, sculpture and printmaking. The results are beautiful works that reflect the artist's intuitive use of geometry and her reverence for the purposely imperfect.
Ferguson begins with a digital file. What follows is both a formal and conceptual quest to make the image less "clean and tight." Using an improvisational process of fracturing, degrading, and abstracting the image, Ferguson finds her flaws. A build up of glitches is created through the purposeful "non-registration" and the result is clear - it's a hand made thing that embraces its inherent materiality and celebrates the irregular and the accidental.
Like the errors that elevate a Persian rug's presence - the glitches in the work telegraph loud and clear these are made by hand.
Elise Ferguson was born in Richmond, VA and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Luhring Augustine, Andrew Kreps, CRG Gallery, Team Gallery, Sculpture Center, Socrates Sculpture Park and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. She has had solo and two person shows at Halsey McKay, Envoy Gallery and Illinois State University – University Galleries. She has had residencies at Dieu Donne Papermill, MacDowell Colony and was included and received an exhibition grant for EAST International in Norwich, England. She received her MFA at The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995 and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988.
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