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Linda King Ferguson
I think of the Equivalence works as social bodies. They are reductive archeological conversations with modernist abstraction, both remembering a position and locating a place, making the painted social body a site of occurrence. As a site, they articulate the formal operative and associative language of relationship. Through calculated gestures of staining, slicing, and peeling, these works expose the social context of the gallery wall like a surgical operation and through subtracted surfaces they perform as a conduit. The works subvert the viewer’s gaze beyond their planar surface to a shared humanity; a humanity signified by the social structural and architectural space. By implicating the contingent space of absence, and employing the connectedness of figure and ground, through the viewer’s perception, these works posit and give circumstance to a relational and responsive greater whole.
My primary conceptual and political influence is Lygia Clark, who I continually look at. Painted reductive geometry is the hallmark of her early practice, with an interest in art therapy. Her work evolves from two-dimensional painting to geometric metal forms that viewers physically manipulate. She also designed a series of objects to be worn, facilitating connective relationships between multiple viewers. She is included in the catalog, Geometry of Hope, a title that expounds her intent: mathematical meaning as a collective language, bringing about healing through relationship. Like Clark’s evolving practice, I intend my work to include a collective or universal geometric language and an individual expressiveness that is playful, making the work a hopeful conduit between the viewer and our greater social condition.