SCOTT YUKIO FERGUS
A solo exhibition featuring a decade of work made by local artist Scott Yukio Fergus.
November 4 – December 2, 2018
As an artist who has lived in the East Lansing community his entire life, Scott Yukio Fergus, is excited to show his work at (SCENE) Metrospace. Through this exhibition, he hopes that others will become more aware of, and affected by his paintings and prints. He hopes his work will raise issues centered on how people with special needs see and feel in the community, and how the community may see and feel about them.
Scott was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was a child. He discovered early his ability to use visual art forms to convey meaning from his perspective, by telling stories with panel sequences similar to comic art. As he has grown into young adulthood, Scott's paintings have matured and his subject matter has expanded to include narrative in which color conveys the emotional impact of a place or person. He often makes multiple paintings in a single subject, responding to emotions he feels at the time, and the mood that he feels in the subjects he is addressing.
His unique style can best be described as abstract or interpretive realism. While subject matter is readily identifiable, his imagery is unconstrained by realistic proportions and colors. His works surprise the viewer by unexpected emphasis on texture, color, simplification, surface, spatial renderings, and other techniques that reveal content which a more representational image would not. His subject range from people he has been inspired by but never met, the Dalai Lama for example, to places that relate to his muti-cultural ancestry such as Japan and Hawaii, and of course his home state of Michigan. He is a member of the Mid-Michigan Art Guild, and his works have been exhibited in Solo Exhibitions as well as National and International Juried Exhibitions.
This exhibition and the upcoming programming associated with it is sponsored by the Lansing Intentional Community, Peckham Industries, Clinton/Ingham/Eaton Community Health, and the Michigan Developmental Disability Council.