About Neil Ferguson

neil.ferguson1955@gmail.com

Blog : http://neilferguson.wordpress.com

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ferguson_neil/

Born 1955, Dunfermline, Scotland.

1973-77 Studied Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art

1978-79 Post Graduate Fine Art, Goldsmiths’ College, London

1998-2000 MA by Project ( With Distinction), at Sir John Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University

1996-97 Abbey Austin Award in Painting, British School at Rome

www.exposure22.com

Lavoro

Lectured at the Sir John CASS School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University, 2001 – 2015
Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University, Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

Artistic Interests

Structuring personal “art systems” that employ rules and strategies to track small thoughts and imagining. http://systemsart.org/artists.html

1234 A5 Drawings 2013

1234 A5 Drawings 2013

My practice uses  extensive series of images to display a versatility of thinking in image production to promote systems of  making that highlight “internal detail” in situations and objects.

This serialising of projects allows  the obsessive nature of capturing  “almost nothings” and “wee thoughts”in promoting  the activities of drawing, painting and placement  and making of  art through “things.

17171 Painted Cards 2006

17171 Painted Cards 2006

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1986 Tom Allen Centre,London
1987 Windsor Arts Centre, Jersey Arts Centre

1988 39 Steps Gallery, London

1988  New Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, London
1989Changing Circumstances”, Seagate Gallery, Dundee

Gallery Image

Gallery Image

1989The Role of the Spectator”, StamfordArts Centre,Lincolnshire

"Missing Parts", 4 Works, 8x8 ft. Oild on Hardboard. 1989

“Missing Parts”, 4 Works, 8×8 ft. Oil on Hardboard. 1989

1990 “Imposed Values”, Bedford Hill Gallery,London

Imposed Vaues

8×8 ft Painting and Mixed Media Floor Installation 1990

1991 “Considering Work”, ADD, Greenwich, London

Ferguson-Work Installation

Painting & Mixed Media Installation 1991

1994 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.6, Art Now,London
         SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.14 – Instant Film Format…and two red lights, Bedford Hill Gallery, Balham, London

Bedford Hill Gallery

1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.15Snippets…the paintings, London Guildhall University Gallery, London

Snippets Exhibition

Snippets Exhibition

1997 “Hollow Laughter 3”, Gallery, British School at Rome

Wall laughs. Hall BSR 1997

Wall laughs. Hall BSR 1997

2001 So Breathe…So Think…and…, Deptfordx, London

2002 So art it…, Deptfordx, London

2005  Imagine / Image II Fondazione Baruchello, Rome.

Ferguson - Baruchello Residency 2005

The IMAGINE/IMAGE project was hosted by the Fondazione Baruchello in Rome constituted the second stage of the IMAGINE/IMAGE project launched in 2003.
2007 16000 Paintings as a Sequence, Systems Art Symposium, Unit 6 London Metropolitan University, London

1600 paintings

1600 paintings

This exhibition was staged as a contribution to the Systems Art symposium at the Whitechapel(Laboratory) alongside the Art & Language exhibition, “Now They are Surrounded: Reconfigured.”
The extensive series of works followed on from previous large series of drawings produced
http://systemsart.org/artists.html

2013 THOTS… 1,234 Drawings. Mile End Pavilion, London

Ferguson - THOTS 1234 Drawing Set C(Main)
2013 THOTS IN COLOUR, at Cre 8 Gallery, London, E9 5JH

Ferguson - THOTS in Colour Set ( 400 selection) A

 

Joint Exhibitions
1990 “Patterns of Intention”, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (with Eve Thomson & Jim  Mooney)

Ferguson
1992 “Infinite Forms”, Art Now, London
1997 The MOSTRA at the British School at Rome

AMORI

AMORI

Mostra - Rome 1997

Mostra – Rome 1997

 Rank Cheeseboard, 5 Years 2002

Rank Cheeseboard, 5 Years 2002

 

Rank Cheeseboard

2000 “RANK CHEESEBOARD”, Five Years, London (with Fergal Stapleton)

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive/archive_folder/shows/f_show.html

2008 Rules to Hold On To: Appropriating Appropriate appropriation, FIVE YEARS, Unit 66, Regents Studios, London E8 4QN

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/025/pages/025.html

Ferguson - Appropriate Appropriation 2008

2009 YES. YES. I KNOW. FREE SCHOOL.I KNOW, FIVE YEARS, Unit 66, Regents Studios, LONDON E8 4QN

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/044/pages/0441.html

2010 LECTURE HALL, FREE SCHOOL, FIVE YEARS, Bethnal Green Library, London E2 0HL
http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/064/ARTISTS/04.html

Free School Set

2012 “Exchange”, More Free School, with Five Years, Unit 66, Regent Studios, London E8 4QN

Free School 2011-Exchange 15

2013 October 2013, FIVE YEARS, UNIT 66, REGENT STUDIOS, LONDON E8 4QN

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/178/This_Is_Not_Public_Part2/178-02.html

Selected Site Specific Actions, Installations & Activities

1992 LOOKING FOR SPECTATORS, 240 small paintings,
street installation in Lewisham HighStreet, Lewisham Festival

Lewisham High Street

Lewisham High Street

Street Art

Street Art, Lewisham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1992 The “WORK” Series, Greenwich,London
Sculpture for the PAINTER/WORKER,Greenwich,London

Neil Ferguson

Painter/Worker

Neil Ferguson

Table Set

1993 “LOOKING FOR WORDS”, Greenwich,London

Neil Ferguson

Looking For Words

1993 “DECOUVERTE”,Greenwich,London

Neil Ferguson

Decouverte

1993 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN
A Trilogy of Installation and Performance Pieces
No.1 Examination, April

Neil Ferguson

Examination

No.2 Crossing, June

Neil Ferguson

The Crossing

No.3 Held, September, Science Block, Brockley, London SE4

Neil ferguson

Held

1994 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.2, The Agenda

Ferguson
SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.3, The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.4, The Room

Ferguson

SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.5, “Like Being with Madonna…”

Like Being With Madonna

Like Being With Madonna

SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.7, Four Wooden Blocks (photographs)
All at the Science Block, Brockley, London

Wood Blocks Set

1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.16 Shelved at (…),London, SE13

Shelved

Shelved

Shelved

Shelved

Shelved

Shelved

1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.16
Installation work – Feet and pants at (…),London

Feet & Pants

Feet & Pants

1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.17 On and Behind Toilet Doors,
at (…),London, SE13

Behind the Door

1997 “HOLLOW LAUGHTER 1”, The Wilson Room, British School at Rome

Laughter. Wilson Room, BSR 1997

Laughter. Wilson Room, BSR 1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“HOLLOW LAUGHTER 2”, British School at Rome
“HOLLOW LAUGHTER 4”, Studio 4, British School at Rome
AMORI with Industrial BALLS, Studio 4, British School at Rome

SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.19 Madonna and the 4th Dimension,
at (…),London SE13
1998 The “What a Laugh Series” at (…),London SE13
1999 The Advertising Collages at (…),London SE13
2010 “Ivy Road is an Artwork”. LondonSE4
Circles “Walk Down the Avenue”, Commercial Road, London.
2011 Free School 2, Five Years Gallery

“6” Deptford, London.

Ferguson Set of 8's 4

Selected Group Exhibitions
1977 “Seven Young Artists”, Talbot Rice Gallery,Edinburgh

Moving Overtones 1977

Moving Overtones 1977

1980 LONDON GROUP, SouthLondonArtGallery
1982 LONDON GROUP, Camden Arts Centre and touring to Penrith Galleries, St.Ives
and the Gardner Centre for Arts, Brighton
1984 WHITECHAPEL OPEN

“CELTIC VISION”, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art touring from                        Madrid to La Coruna, Cork, Glasgow, Cardiff, Llandudno, Jarrow, Cornwall and          Nantes
“The Red Lion Group”, Conway Hall, London
1985 Tom Allen Retrospective
          “Out of Dereliction”, WoodlandsArtGallery,London
Diorama 1987,London
New Moon Studios at the Woodlands Art Gallery,London
           “Starting A Collection”, Warwick Arts Trust, London
1986 “CELTIC VISION” Invitation Exhibition, Bank of Ireland Exhibition Centre, Dublin
         Warwick Arts Trust Exhibition
1994 “MINIATURES”, The Agency,London
1997 The MOSTRA at the British School at Rome
1999 “Exposure”, Deptfordx, London
“A Promise of Happiness”, Five Years,  Londonhttp://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive/archive_folder/shows/f_show.html
What is a Gallery ?”, Unit 3, London Guildhall University
2000 “Shoot For Art”, MA SUMMER SHOW, London Guildhall University
“STAR”, Five Years, Underwood Street. London
2001 The Difference Between You & Us, Five Years, London

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive/archive_folder/shows/f_show.html
2002 14×14, Curtain Gallery, London
2004 Vis-a- Vis, 291 Gallery, London
2007 Peer Esteem, FIVE YEARS,UNIT 66,REGENT STUDIOS,
LONDON E8 4QN http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/017/pages/017.html
2008 “Rules to Hold ON To: Appropriate Appropriation”, FIVE YEARS,UNIT 66,REGENT STUDIOS, LONDON E4QN

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/025/pages/025.html

A - Appropriate Approptiation - Set

2009 INTERRUPTED CORRESPONDENCE? VICE VERSA: FIVE YEARS FRAGMENTS, James TAYLOR GALLERY, COLLENT ST, London

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/053/pages/053-X.html
2010 SO MUCH FOR FREE SCHOOL,ETC. PUBLICATION/SEMINARS/DISCUSSIONS, IMAGES http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/044/pages/0441.html

2014 365 Drawings 365 Dessins, Brock Keep, Reading
www.365drawings365dessins.co.uk

 

FILM_BARKING_31-08-13034.NEF.p

 

Videos and Films
1995 6 Walls, 6 People. (30 minute video with Peter Bromley)
2011 NEIL FERGUSON: A Feature Length Documentary,
Directed by Peter Bromley https://vimeo.com/76577241

https://vimeo.com/74057700

2015 Circulating Air. Film made with Matthew Vincent Townend

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/circulatingair/141255547

Walk 14-12-13

Event Organiser/Curator

2004 Imagine/Image 1, One day symposium and exhibition of Italian artist, Gianfranco Baruchello. Unit 2 Gallery. Central House,London Metropolitan University.
Imagine / Image
The first stage of the collaborative IMAGINE/IMAGE project launched in 2003.
The collaboration would question the contemporary role of the image and imagination and looked to develop “conversations” through image, writing and wider practice.
The first part of the collaboration began with an exhibition, curated by Ferguson, of Baruchello drawings and videos followed by a symposium, with Baruchello in front of his artworks, supported by a booklet of writings on “Imagine/Image” containing contributions from Baruchello and Ferguson amongst others.
2005 Imagine/Image 2, Symposium, Fondazione Baruchello,Rome https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imagine-image-Baruchello-Foundation-Metropolitan/dp/1899764925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507902749&sr=1-1&keywords=Imagine%2FImage+2007
2008 Curator: Rules to Hold On To: Appropriarte Appropriation, FIVE YEARS, Unit 66, 6th Floor, Regent Studios, London E8 4QN.
Participants: Neil Ferguson, Anthony Griffin, Charles Harrowell, Matthew Vincent-Townend

IN CONVERSATION with… Events

2015 IN CONVERSATION with (1)…Neil Ferguson & Fred Vernon

In Conversation with Fred Vernon

2015  IN CONVERSATION with (2) … Neil Ferguson & Matt Vincent Townend. “Circulating Air”.

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2016 IN CONVERSATION with (3) … Neil Ferguson & Lucy McGeown.

“Ivy Road is an Artwork”.

2016 IN CONVERSATION with (4)…Neil Ferguson, John T. Freeman, Hugh Gilmour, Irene Godfrey, Qing Qi.

“From Where YOU Sit”

A Album INCON 4

2016 IN CONVERSATION with (5)… 

Neil Ferguson, Maciej Blazejewski &  Fred Vernon

Epistographing

2016 IN CONVERSATION with (6)…Peter Bromley, Neil Ferguson & Matthew Vincent-Townend.

DuchampING

2017 IN CONVERSATION with(7)…Neil Ferguson & Carol Wyss. “Beyond Controls”.

2017 IN CONVERSATION with(8)…a Play

Texts
“The Reflective Practitioner”, co-edited with Linden Reilly, London Guildhall University, 2001

Books
“Imagine/Image”: Co-authors: Gianfranco Baruchello, Neil Ferguson, Linden Reilly, Chris Smith, Carla Subrizi.
The third stage of the IMAGINE/IMAGE collaboration project launched in 2003.

Baruchello Foundation and London Metropolitan University, 2007 (part of the Fondazione Baruchello FB collection, DeriveApprodi editions).ISBN 978-1-899764-92-1 111 pages. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imagine-image-Baruchello-Foundation-Metropolitan/dp/1899764925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507902749&sr=1-1&keywords=Imagine%2FImage+2007

2010 Dolly Thompsett: Paintings: Interviewed by Neil Ferguson. Publisher:ArtSway,11/09/2010 ISBN: 9780955840692, 66 pages

Text Works
2001 So Breathe…So Think…and…, Deptfordx,London, 2001
2002 So art it…, Deptfordx,London.
2003 Considering Doing… a written contribution to symposium, What Work Does the Artwork Do? at Unit 2 Gallery,LondonMetropolitanUniversity,
2004 Image and Non-Sense, a written contribution to the Imagine/Image booklet for the Imagine/Image event and symposium with Gianfranco Baruchello atLondon Metropolitan University.
2009 INTERRUPTED CORRESPONDENCE? VICE VERSA: FIVE YEARS FRAGMENTS. http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/053/pages/053-.html
2010 SO MUCH FOR FREE SCHOOL,ETC.PUBLICATION/SEMINARS/DISCUSSIONS, IMAGES http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/073/SO%20MUCH%20FOR%20FREE%20SCHOOL,%20ETC/073PDF.html
2013 October 2013, FIVE YEARS,UNIT 66,REGENT STUDIOS, LONDON E8 4QN