Magazine article Artforum International

Edy Ferguson

Magazine article Artforum International

Edy Ferguson

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ATHENS

BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERY

In "Conspiracy Theory," Edy Ferguson treated the white cube like one of her paintings, which she produces initially from sketches made from images she has cut into squares and reassembled into compositional assemblages or picture puzzles. Here she incorporated paintings into larger installations with videos, photomurals, texts, and sounds (courtesy of a radio installation). One work on paper, Performance Drawing, 1999, summed it all up: Logos for Starbucks, Warner Bros., and Hard Rock Cafe were shown hanging like artworks in a roughly sketched-out room with other signage as well as abstract paintings and an image of Janis Joplin. Furiously scrawled at the bottom were the words ALL KINDS OF PICTURE MAKING, FRIES, THE WHOLE MACHINE CRASHED.

The exhibition references multiple sociohistorical perspectives, framed in American Cinema, 2013, a video presented behind a canvas in which Greta Garbo's face is checkered into an Art Deco sign for a Parisian movie theater. The video collage depicts torture sequences from Zero Dark Thirty and snippets of Russian propaganda films from the 1940s and '50s about improvements in the lives of agricultural workers. Then there is The Greek Protestor (Eau de Vie), 2013, in which a Molotov-cocktail-wielding demonstrator is integrated into a checkerboard-like grid with a sign for Eau de Vie. The work views the Greek protests from an ambiguous position, in that revolutionary violence is seen as an elixir for both worker and consumer. The painting exists somewhere between social and commercial expression: a kind of sinister capitalist realism.

There was a distinct incongruity to many of Ferguson's references and compositions. Sokratous 11, 2013, is a painting in black and white of a black woman posing spread-eagle, her modesty protected by the white angular shapes, like those in a Suprematist painting, cutting through her body. …

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