Max Ferguson: Paintings of My Father, Hebrew Union College, Brookdale Center, One West Fourth Street, New York, April 16 through June 29, 2012
My Father on Fifth Avenue, 2011
oil on panel, 9 1/2 x 12 inches
Collection of the artist
Some critics see Edward Hopper's urban loneliness, some critics see Johann Vermeer's geometry. I see none of that, really. Max Ferguson's Post-Modernist Realism is warmer than Hopper's and more complex than Vermeer's. That complexity doesn't stop with his formal considerations. Ferguson takes on the complexity of a relationship. In this case, the Father and Son Relationship, which has so many dimensions. From hero worship to disillusionment, from constant camaraderie to unspoken boundaries, fathers and sons slog through different stages of their development together and, hopefully, remain friends.
In Max Ferguson's meticulous paintings of his father Richard Jacob Ferguson sometimes there is truth and sometimes there is fiction. I asked the artist a few questions so that I might understand his choices.