Edgy Artist Making A Statement At Capital Gallery

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With an art exhibit on display now, Artist Wayne Ferguson transforms clay into a statement.

His sometimes-controversial, always in-your-face work, “Wayne’s World … Uncensored Clay,” is on display until at least Dec. 1 at Capital Gallery downtown.

“I was put on this earth to make art that is about our world and where I fit into this world,” he said, showing off and explaining the story behind each piece.

The show’s focal point sits smack-dab in the center of the gallery — a gigantic ark with 120 school buses coming at it from all sides.

The boat is meant to represent the Ark Encounter, which has a life-sized Noah’s Ark as its centerpiece attraction. The theme park sits in Grant County and drew criticism from groups concerned about the separation of church and state after the project received millions of dollars in tax incentives from the city, county and state to induce its construction.

The school buses, with each county name hand-painted on top, send a powerful message, said Ferguson, who handcrafted the ark and wrote several sayings on it, one of which simply says, “Kentucky Proud?”

“It’s my personal opinion, but I’m not proud of Kentucky,” he said.

Interspersed on a tablecloth beneath the piece are black ink drawings on Ferguson’s political viewpoint that he penned and ironed on to the fabric. There are also a few dinosaur flasks peppered throughout the piece.

But the scope of Ferguson’s work is not defined by this one piece.

“I take something that could be used as a flask and turn it into a statement,” he said.

The artist has a variety of pieces relating to President Donald Trump, including the president’s wall, which is constructed of bricks with different “presidential quotes” stamped on each. Another piece features Trump in a spacesuit holding an astronaut’s helmet.

“When he started talking about Space Force, I thought, ‘This guy is nuts,” Ferguson said, picking up a Trump shot glass.

The 71-year-old potter also takes jabs at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ISIS, big oil and environmental issues.

One piece that stands out is of dump trucks removing a mountaintop, painted on a large saw.

Potter also has created a series of “selfies” depicting terrorists. Ferguson said this edgy piece was inspired by ancient hieroglyphics.

“Imagine someone finding these years later,” he said, pointing to an eerie depiction of a suicide bomber. “This is my representation of what our world is like now.”

Capital Gallery, 314 Lewis St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The shop, one of two original businesses that started the Candlelight Tradition, will also be open special hours for that event.

Source : https://www.state-journal.com/2018/11/08/edgy-artist-making-a-statement-at-capital-gallery/

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