Jilka and Ferguson search for the “key to an extraordinary life” through the digital material of celebrity icons and self-help gurus. They have excavated the raw essence of the platform that give these figures such tremendous power: Red, Green, & Blue (RGB) light.
Curated by Zoë Frederick
The Secret: Shape of Destiny is a collaborative exhibition of sculpture, painting, video, and artifacts produced and mined by Andrew Jilka and Scott Ferguson and curated by Zoe Frederick. For this exhibition, Jilka and Ferguson search for the “key to an extraordinary life” through the digital material of celebrity icons and self-help gurus. They have excavated the raw essence of the platform that give these figures such tremendous power: Red, Green, & Blue (RGB) light. In this exploration they have traveled beyond the monitor and landed in a soft space composed of only RGB, the components of a digital screen. Through these back channels, modern codes in the form of best-practice guidelines have been proclaimed by cyber life coaches and celebrities alike. Ferguson and Jilka have brought back samples of the RGB substance and discovered it expands, compresses, and conforms in unpredictable ways. The harvested forms are made of materials usually meant to fill voids such as cracks and crevices. Instead, the artists use the spongy RGB in an entirely additive process, acquiescing to its unforgiving qualities. The Rosetta Stone of the exhibition is a relief that graphs the manner in which the human eye processes the color experience. The question remains: have they discovered and harnessed the Secret?
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 6-8pm.
This exhibition has been made possible with the support of SVA’s Visual & Critical Studies BFA program.
Scott Ferguson (b. 1989, Glasgow, Scotland) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work discusses our current relationships to technology and media through the re-fabrication and deconstruction of instruments, television, sound and objects. Since 2012, he has been an active member of the Flinching Eye Collective whose work explores the possibilities of sound and performance. He is currently pursuing a MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Andrew Jilka (b. 1986, Salina, KS) is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA in Printmaking from the the University of Kansas in 2009 and is currently an MFA Candidate in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in group shows in New York, Kansas City, Seoul, and Beijing.
Zoë Frederick (b. 1989, Warrenton, VA) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the portrayal of feminized emotion, handicrafts, and reality television. Zoë received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is presently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. She has shown in New York, Philadelphia, Italy, and London and participated in residencies in New Mexico, Maine, and Brooklyn.