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: https://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.

[After hours: http://www.artinchaos.com/ ]

OUT OF LUCK & My Racetrack art in the NY POST

Dan Greenfield of the NY Post wrote a nice piece about OUT OF LUCK and my racetrack art this week. There are several images from both OOL and my personal collection.  It’s part of a very well done blog created by Greenfield especially for the NY Post and features many different aspects of  contemporary art and culture.  You can read it here. Enjoy!

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/gamereport/hbo_luck_lives_on_in_the_world_of_8y5pcEYFIlGH0x1nTqxprM#axzz2XRbS4vB2

And just a reminder, this week is the finale of OUT OF LUCK! You can read the final episode and see my last artwork for the series at this link:

http://www.followhorseracing.com/en/the-latest/blogs/2013/06/23/out-of-luck-the-big-one/

Enjoy!

My Racetrack art and talk at Rumpus.net!

photo1I gave a talk and presentation last week at Bluestockings Books about my racetrack art, OUT OF LUCK, and drawing at the track, and writer Andrea Tsurumi was nice enough to write about it for therumpus.net.

She even shows some of the slides I used for reference- fantastic. It was nice to share some of my most personal sketches with everyone- something I don’t do very often. It was a really fun night and I hope to present more work in the future- perhaps this August in Saratoga!

Enjoy!Here’s the link: http://therumpus.net/2013/06/the-new-york-comics-symposium-jen-ferguson/

Press Release for Jen Ferguson Exhibit at Brooklyn Oenology, Friday June 22

Jen Ferguson’s Label for Brooklyn Oenology’s 2010 Riesling

Jen Ferguson’s Label for Brooklyn Oenology’s 2006 Motley Cru

Williamsburg, NY – Brooklyn Oenology Winery (pronounced ‘EN-ology’, or simply ‘BOE’), a local winery which applies the work of Brooklyn artists on its bottle labels, is hosting a new wine release party and artist reception on Friday, June 22nd from 7pm – 12am in its tasting room at #209 Wythe Ave at N. 3rd St. in Williamsburg.  The party celebrates the opening of a solo exhibition of work by artist Jen Ferguson, whose watercolor paintings “Friends” and “In the Neighborhood” are featured on the 2010 Riesling and 2006 Motley Cru labels.  Work by Ferguson will be on display through July 31st.

To celebrate, BOE will feature $2 off glasses of 2010 Riesling, 10% off all bottles of BOE wines, and complimentary snacks will also be served.  BOE winemaker Alie Shaper and Jen Ferguson will both attend and the reception is open to the public – all are invited.

Brooklyn Oenology’s 2010 Riesling is a supremely refreshing, deliciously complex white which has brought many people back to a classic, off-dry style of Riesling.  Residual sugars add perfectly balanced richness punctuated by flavors of crisp apple, pear, peach, jasmine and just a hint of petrol, with a crisp, clean finish of citrus, slate and honey.  A classic pairing for Asian cuisine and spicy foods, the light sweetness is a perfect match for BBQ and brunch fare, and can also easily pair with fruit-based desserts.

Jen Ferguson’s work “Friends” is the perfect visual complement for Brooklyn Oenology’s Riesling, and is the only label art ever commissioned by BOE, specifically for the BOE ‘Friend’ Riesling Project for Pet Food Safety.  With her whimsical style Ferguson captures the personalities of our animal friends – each one fun, youthful, sweet, mischievous and innocent, very much like the wine it presents. Other work on view by Ferguson will include watercolors of mystical creatures, which are available for purchase through Ferguson’s Art in Chaos studio.

The BOE “Friend” Riesling Project for Pet Food Safety:
“Every year thousands of pets are affected by poorly made food. They are our companions and family members, sentient beings that require and deserve quality sustenance as much as humans – but there are very few regulations that govern pet food quality. In honor of my own friend, a portion of the sales of every bottle of Brooklyn Oenology ‘Friend’ Riesling will be donated to causes that support making food safe for all of our friends.”      – Alie Shaper, Winemaker

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Brooklyn Oenology (EN-ology, or simply ‘BOE’), is a local, woman-owned winery based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn founded by winemaker Alie Shaper in 2006.  Brooklyn Oenology works to present the flavor of our region by sourcing grapes exclusively from local New York State vineyards and by placing the exciting work of New York City artists on our labels.  BOE works with local restaurants, markets, food producers and art organizations, and has become an exciting part of the Brooklyn and New York City art and culinary scene. For more information please visit our Tasting Room on Wythe Avenue at N. 3rd Street in Williamsburg where we hold a regular series of gallery exhibits and wine events.
www.BrooklynOenology.com