THE BOOK OF 7
The Art Incubator Gallery . February 1 – March 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1st, from 7 – 10pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton
“The Book of 7” – a suite of 7 most recent works by Stephen Ferris – explores the nostalgia of the artist’s childhood, which he experienced in the late 1980s/early 1990s in a fairly remote area in Northern British Columbia.
As Ferris says: “…. these pieces form a mental landscape of flickering late night television, the woods, children’s encyclopedias, human anatomy, animal masks, ominous religious ceremonies, local legends, and fantasies (…) I have gathered them in a place where the viewers can participate, engage, embark on the journey, and form their own story or interpretation (…)
(…) This is a series of paintings I have been working on over the last year. Each painting is composed of countless interlocked illustrations that act like pieces of a psychic puzzle. The pieces were created using meditative, explorative and intuitive techniques with no final holistic picture in mind …”.
Stephen Ferris is an Edmonton-based visual artist. His work features complex images that are geometric and rhythmic abstractions of ideas and memories. His work is informed by minimalist exploration, symmetry, futurism, biology, repetition, folklore, technology, human kinetics, sound design, and the construction and deconstruction of mathematical patterns in nature and in everyday life.
Ferris’s works have been presented in several exhibitions throughout Northern British Columbia, Northern Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton. His most recent solo exhibition was presented in 2015 at the Art Gallery of the Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton.