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Weighty, Tactile Abstractions: Art by David Ferguson

An abstract mixed media artwork with strong textureBRANCH WATER, cast cotton, gold leaf, acrylic on board

Painter and choreographer David Ferguson creates weighty, tactile abstractions and equally expressive patterns of movement. Often working in collaboration with other dancers and choreographers, David participates in both the behind-the-scenes production and the performance of his dances.


RUSH OF WATER/ RUSH OF AIR (working draft 2012), collaboration with Jung ah Chung, Robb Beresford, Miles Lowry, Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba


In his dance performances, David often seems to incorporate elements of nature, like water and trees. Sometimes it seems as though the aesthetics and movements of these natural forms also make their way into the choreography, in performances that alternate between fluid, interconnected movements and pauses in statuesque poses.

A screen capture of David Ferguson's art websiteThe front page of David's website


This reverence for natural forms also seems present in David’s visual artworks. His mixed media artworks are heavily textured, often calling to mind tree bark or topographical maps, islands seen from above. The deep, heavy presence of these works makes me think of pieces by David Maxim. I look forward to seeing where David’s practice has taken him in more recent years.


GUTHRIE SWIMS THE LAKE, collaboration with Miles Lowry

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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