Ferris McGuinty is a Cornwall-based artist, born in 1978. Having graduated from art school in the early 2000s, McGuinty previously made work that was smaller in scale, tiny, almost architecture-like models. As a respite from that, he began gathering found objects and marrying them with elements of his own creation. Since then, he has begun incorporating frames that ground the pieces – but the elements have remained quite similar.
McGuinty is known for patinated natural materials mixed with pops of colour and artificiality. Engaged in a similar form to Haiku poetry, seemingly disparate objects in the work are cut and juxtaposed. He works on a flat surface, arranging and re-arranging, adding and subtracting as if compressing a wider experience, emphasising simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. There is rarely a specific reference point, although the works do borrow from a wide lexicon of visual culture.
He comments, “When it comes time for making, I’ll surround myself and let objects speak to me in terms of how they want to be. It’s a very organic process. I wouldn’t be walking along the street and see a bit of plywood and say oh wow, I’ve got to use that in my next piece. It will find its way to my workshop and it might not reappear for another year or so before it pops its head up and calls out to be used.”
The work hopefully resonates through a language that is common across the spectrum of architecture, painting, sculpture and design.
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