Posts Tagged ‘Jesseca Ferguson’

Paper Prayers/In the Spirit

Thursday, December 19th, 1991

Many of the artists here are of a gener­a­tion who rejected the conven­tional comforts of orga­nized reli­gion — and now they find them­selves facing the inevitable mystery of death alone. They are re-inventing rituals that feel authentic to them and finding new ways to satisfy their spir­i­tual needs. Paper Prayers has become one such contem­po­rary healing ritual — a small congre­ga­tion of artists gath­ered together In the Spirit.

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The Future of Art

Friday, March 1st, 1991

It is art that acknowl­edges the struggle of its own making, and conveys a sense of life as composed of frag­ments, where not every­thing is legible, and some things are irrev­o­cably ruined or lost. The past haunts and enriches the present. Memory and imag­i­na­tion are inter­twined. It is a mirror of the soul.

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Ruins at the Rose

Friday, December 8th, 1989

The 80’s began with big, shiny, self-confi­dent paint­ings, but they are ending with of shreds and tatters, and anxious premo­ni­tions of a ruined world. They reminded me of the ending of William Gibson’s science fiction novel Count Zero, when a bril­liant computer distills the few remaining frag­ments of a ruined civi­liza­tion into exquisite little construc­tions. Or these lines from a Shake­speare sonnet; “bare, ruined choirs, where late the sweet bird sang”.

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Jesseca Ferguson: Distant Views and Forgotten Dreams

Wednesday, February 1st, 1989

JESSECA FERGU­SON’s construc­tions often contain old post­cards, which seem to have been sent from places that have long since disap­peared. Lost, ruined, or forgotten, they have left behind only pale and ghostly traces. Enshrined in little boxes, like the bones of saints in medieval reli­quaries, her work cele­brates the some­times mirac­u­lous power of memory to trans­form the pain and complexity of real life into the stuff of dreams, and art.

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