ELISE FERGUSON | Cloudbank
March 9 - April 20, 2018
Elise Ferguson’s “Cloudbank” is derived from the 15’ long curtain that hangs on the Main Gallery’s north wall. Continuing her series of folding, repeating geometric motifs, this curtain is a hand-printed block print on linen. In addition, Ferguson will show a series of paintings that are pigmented plaster on panel. Using pattern and color, the paintings are based on mathematical puzzles and geometric variation. Irregularities in the paintings’ surface create a balance between crisp geometric motifs and the paintings’ physical surfaces. Traces of process and the history of each layer are revealed on the unkempt edges of the panels that are deckled with plaster build-up. Having long employed printmaking techniques in her paintings and frequently making reference to textiles and textile design, this project brings together several of the themes in her work into a single exhibition.
Elise Ferguson received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo gallery exhibitions at Monya Rowe, Halsey McKay and Romer Young, among others. Recent group exhibitions include: Ikast Kunstpakhuset (Denmark), Cristin Tierney Gallery (New York), and Joshua Liner Gallery (New York). Ferguson is currently a 2018 Dieu Donné Paper Variables Artist. Other grants and residencies include: MacDowell Colony (2004), Socrates Sculpture Park Residency (2003), Barton College Artist-in-Residence (2017), Northern Trust Purchase Prize, Expo Chicago (2014). Her work has been reviewed in ArtMagazine, Artforum, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Interior Design Magazine, Modern Painters and Art on Paper. Ferguson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.