Author: artinchaos

Kentucky Derby artwork is here!

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!

Jen Ferguson Kentucky Derby 2014

 

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.Double Chrysler

Jen Ferguson’s “Double Chrysler”

Mon Petit Dumbo; Art Celebrating Love, Place and the Written Word

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
DUMBO Brooklyn
for info: info@artinchaos.com


 

Whimsical Grotesques- a modern review of MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND

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!

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Jen Ferguson

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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Meet Me In Dreamland, One Last Time

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When I first contemplated making art for legendary Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, I knew that I didn‘t want to hang framed art- trapped behind glass and woefully remote from the Brueghelian scenes that unfold there weekly. Sunny’s is a place where musicians, revelers, participators and observers come together to share the common thread of music, drink and company. I imagined a backdrop to all this joie de vivre, one that was colorful and had different stories to tell for everyone. A visual treat that could change every time you really looked closely. Something to both echo and celebrate the foibles and follies of mankind. Art that could integrate with the convivial chaos and be another character in the room. Art that people would get to know over time. A tall order, but with some time to think and the freedom that a roll of canvas can offer, I set out last year to make such a thing.

I had some general ideas and  inspiration from satirist Sebastian Brandt’s 1494 book “Ship of Fools,” but mainly relied on my own wandering imagination and started drawing to see what would come out. When the mural was finally finished- a year delayed by nature’s own foibles- catastrophic “Superstorm Sandy”- and hung up on the walls, it was the silence of my own thoughts that surprised me the most. It’s oftentimes startling to see what you have worked on deliriously (that is the only way I work). It’s impossible to really see it until you step away. The mural transformed the room into a kaleidoscope of color and craziness. I wondered if it was too strong, too startling. It has some dark imagery but to me it was fun, and in good spirit. I wanted to make viewers smile, laugh even, as they looked at things such as Santa driving a team of crying children who pull a sleigh of coal,  a baby falling from a stork’s clutch, or two devils pushing and pulling time simultaneously.  “It looks fantastic!” I heard Sunny himself say, stepping into the back room holding a banjo and a cigarette. He wore a giant smile and kept telling me over and over how wonderful the art was, which assuaged any doubts over whether the art would fit in there.

Last Saturday night I stopped into Sunny’s and was delighted to see that the back room was filled with musicians- I counted nearly 20- and packed so tightly with people you could barely squeeze in. The mural was glowing in the background and I felt like I’d achieved my vision. Several of the musicians and bar patrons told me how much they were drawn to the art and kept re-interpreting it every time they were there, which was exactly what I’d hoped for. They all smiled when they talked about the mural’s dark depictions and laughed as they pointed out their favorite parts. All in all, it was a fantastic experience and I’m so grateful I was able to transform Sunny’s into the surreal vision I’d dreamed up. This week is the last week the mural “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” will be on view. On Saturday, November 30, I will be there in the evening around 10 pm onwards to enjoy one last night with the art in situ, and I hope you’ll join me for one last look.

Sunny’s Bar; 253 Conover St. Red Hook Brooklyn
Saturday November 30th, 10 pm onward.
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MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND: Jen Ferguson Mural at Sunny’s Red Hook

MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND: Jen Ferguson Mural at Sunny's Red Hook

Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland: a mural project by Jen Ferguson

Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, famed “bar at the end of the world”, will be the site of Jen Ferguson’s most recent project: “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” A 40 foot mural depicting the foibles of man will adorn the back room, where rakehells rub shoulders with the upright, professionals mix with amateur, and top-shelf mixes with bottom. Infamous proprietress Tone will serenade all comers with the sweets and bitters of her dulcet musical stylings in the front room, whilst you peruse the mural for your likeness (if you know me, you just might have inspired a character).
Sunny doesn’t call it “Back Room Art” for nothing. Come one, come all~ You won’t want to miss the opportunity to grill me in person for the meaning of all this. And if you ask with the right drink in your hand, I might just give you the key.

WHERE:  253 Conover St, Brooklyn, New York 11231
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 from 8-11ish
DIRECTIONS: Click HERE

if you are not familiar with Sunny’s, here are a few links: http://sunnysredhook.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/nyregion/sunnys-beloved-bar-in-red-hook-still-struggles-to-reopen.html?_r=0

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/knocked-out-by-hurricane-sandy-sunnys-bar-is-bouncing-back/

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130830/HOSPITALITY_TOURISM/130839994