Ferguson exhibition will open on Oct. 10
The exhibition opening of "Jason Ferguson: Empirical Skeptic" at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History new gallery, location at 721 Seventh Ave. in Lewiston, on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4-7 p.m. with "Gallery Talk" led by the artist at 5 p.m.
Wine and beer will be available from La Boheme.
Ferguson is currently the sculpture professor at the University of Idaho. Ferguson is an international artist and his work is currently on exhibition in Chicago.
Empirical Skeptic is a collection of works that explore the use of hard science techniques to seek answers to philosophical questions of existence. The sciences have a generally accepted reputation for proving or disproving hypotheses through observation, experimentation, and repetition. Fergusonís work utilizes scientific protocol and the collection and analysis of empirical data to explore the minute details of human experience more thoroughly.
Using situational satire and a variety of materials and processes, Ferguson juxtaposes seemingly unrelated subjects to create compelling imagery. For example, medical protocol is applied to domestic objects, web search engines are used to seek evidence of a higher being, and agricultural practices are related to human social interaction. To complete his projects, Ferguson often solicits assistance from professionals working in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. Collaborating with practitioners in various branches of study gives his work a level of authenticity that he could not provide on his own.
Fergusonís work is driven by conceptual intent. Once an idea is fully developed, aesthetic decisions and material choices function primarily to communicate the concept to the viewer. Humor plays an important role in the communication process. Ferguson uses humor in his work, because he has found it to be a suitable catalyst for extended thought. Whether performing a postmortem examination on La-Z-Boy recliner, or working with a live cow in order to establish an isolation from the herd, his work exploits objects of direct experience and explores our relationship with our daily surroundings.
Fergusonís exhibition scheduled for Oct. 10ĖNov. 13. This will be Fergusonís first solo exhibition in Idaho. For the last two years works from this exhibition have been shown in the Netherlands, Berlin, Chicago, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, and Delaware; but never in Idaho. A grant from the USBancorp Foundation makes this exhibition possible.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information visit www.lcsc.edu/museum or call (208) 792-2243.