The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow and as trainers, jockeys, owners and horses are making their final preparations, I’ve been busy putting together this year’s Derby chart for your perusal. With the exception of “Hoppertunity” who was a late scratch (noted on the artwork) , make your picks from this poster and you can’t go wrong. Is there anything to read in their postures and expressions? We’ll see soon! The poster is up at America’s Best Racing and also available as a print on my Etsy store. Enjoy!
Details (adjectives)- sugar, vanilla, slate, ice, eyelash black, warm whipped cream. Do any come to mind for you?
Detail of Jen Ferguson’s “Double Chrysler”
Are you seeing double sometimes? This is a study for a large scale work I plan to make. Chrysler Doppelgangers. Foggy Minds. Foggy top. Foggy Bottom. A neighborhood I always dreamed of living in. Enjoy. Imagine this 10 feet tall and be ensconced.
Jen Ferguson’s “Double Chrysler”
Myself and three other Brooklyn artists will be showing Valentine inspired artwork and ephemera on Thursday, February 6th and Saturday February 8th at the studio in DUMBO Brooklyn. Not only is love and affection a theme, but words play an important part in this show. Both Jenn Macksoud and Susuan Baldaserini use words and letters extensively in their works. I will also be showing a few hand painted signs and tin art from Mexico (hence the ephemera). To illuminate my love of place, I’m including a few miniature paintings of some of my favorite neighborhood spots in Dumbo. Erin Molitor (Owl & Bone studio) who makes jewelry and prints will also be exhibiting. Come on by!
Valentines, Art & Love
Inspired works by Brooklyn Artists
Mon Petit Dumbo
Thursday February 6th, 6-9 pm
Saturday, February 8th, noon-5 pm
55 Washington Street, 3rd floor #317
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Jenn Macksoud’s delicate line work in letter art.
Susan Baldaserini’s lyrical script.
Owl & Bone Studio: ethereal stacking ring.
Jen Ferguson’s monsters want you to be their Valentine!
Thinking of putting together a Valentine’s collection this year; this image came to mind a few days ago. enjoy!
Adam McGovern, essayist, lecturer, literary aficionado and reviewer of cultural forms in any guise, wrote an interesting and fun piece on my mural project MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND, which was shown at Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook last fall. His description of my work made me feel like a million dollars, because his words evoked the spirit in which the painting was created. A rare thing indeed. Here is a link: http://mcgovernix.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/what-comes-around-1/Please check out his blog and follow his evocative writing. http://mcgovernix.wordpress.com/
You can check out my original blog post about the show here: http://jenferguson.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/meet-me-in-dreamland-one-last-time/
And for posterity, here is the full text of his review review:
The Top 5 things I didn’t get to in 2013
“What Comes Around” by Adam McGovern
New Year’s is a time for reflection and aspiration, but these are fueled by fruitful regret! Over the next week or so, we’ll be looking back longingly at art, comics, books and music I should have paid more public attention to in the 12 months just past — and pledging to make all our cultural appreciation immediate and immortal!
I admired this artist’s murals from across the ocean of the internet, between my desk and the edge of the Earth at Red Hook, Brooklyn. Never made it out there but these images are personal wherever you are. Like snapshots of punchinello paparazzi or a merry Hieronymus Bosch, the whimsical grotesques are in the good mood that drink shields you with, a visual tonic at the back of Sandy-hit and still-standing Sunny’s Bar on the historic New York waterfront. The apparitions start without you in this parade of skyscraper-headed humanoids teetering next to impish devils breathing foggily on a warming Earth and badass Santas driving several-child open sleighs — along with festive colossal squids under Howard Finster-esque floating musicians and rodeo-riding chefs on mutant lobsters, bucking like one of the capitalist Four Horsemen of Waylande Gregory fountain sculptures repeated as cartoon. This was a funhouse mirror that flattered and reassured while neither masking nor magnifying the perils it satirized. It all goes down better with art, the creation whose canvas flaps against ecological catastrophe and rough historic seasons, and Ferguson’s unsinkable wit is a life worth imitating.
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