WORKSPACE GALLERY

CURRENT EXHIBITION

July 6 - September 6, 2018



Jim Ferguson

Reconstructed Space

Reconstructed Space is a portfolio of photographs from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States.  I set out to reconstruct scenes in a formal way with a strong sense of flatness, compression, form and poetic movement.  My goal is not a thematic one.   I photograph with graphic intent so my photographs become an abstract experience of light, form and planes.  The image becomes somewhat ambiguous and surreal, drawing the viewer into an unfamiliar place and time.

I purposefully turn off color and avoid people to make the photos more abstract. I want to challenge commonplace modes of perception creating an unfamiliar and potentially a disorienting depiction. Architecture is a frequent subject but so is nature as it has its own more gentle form.    

I was born cross-eyed.  Corrective surgery left me with no depth perception and my photographs share the hidden realities I see with my altered sense of depth perception.  An anonymous LensCulture reviewer stated  “you have a kind of 'mechanism' that disturbs our sense of place and time, leading to a feeling of the uncanny, thinking that we might know these spaces, but cannot ever”.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jim Ferguson earned a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  His work is in many public collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Museo Nacional de Antropologia- Mexico, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and in numerous private collections. He is also included in the Macmillian Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists and Innovators.