Jason J. Ferguson

Jason J. Ferguson

Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University

I presented the use of 3D scanning and 3D printing in my approach to public artwork called Mesh Bombing. Mesh Bombs are subtle public interventions in which an object is borrowed from a location, digitally replicated and altered, then quickly returned to its original site within a new sculptural composition. Recent examples of my Mesh Bombs include a Disney-esque pink elephant parade composition of Ganesh statuettes in Stellar Pink Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styreme (ABS) plastic and a dozen sets of three-inch zombies slowly emerging from the teal walls of a quirky café. Local establishments with frequent repeat customers are targeted in order to heighten the impact that the subtle and uncanny installations have on those that notice them. Other topics I discussed included the integration of rapid prototyping into my workflow for large-scale sculptures, printing replacement mechanical parts to repair broken equipment, building a 3D printer following the open-source RepRap project, and the comical situations that arise when I use 3D printing to trick my children at home.

Ganesh Bomb, 2014, Jason J. Ferguson, 3D printed graffiti, ©Jason J. Ferguson, Photo ©Alex Mandrila.

Ganesh Bomb, 2014, Jason J. Ferguson, 3D printed graffiti, ©Jason J. Ferguson, Photo ©Alex Mandrila.

Zombie Bomb, 2014, Jason J. Ferguson, 3D printed graffiti, ©Jason J. Ferguson. Photo ©Alex Mandrila.

Zombie Bomb, 2014, Jason J. Ferguson, 3D printed graffiti, ©Jason J. Ferguson. Photo ©Alex Mandrila.

3D Printing Roundtable Presentation, 2014. Jason Ferguson. Photo © Rachel Clarke. (Used with permission.)

3D Printing Roundtable Presentation, 2014. Jason Ferguson. Photo © Rachel Clarke. (Used with permission.)

Bio:

Jason J. Ferguson’s work spans multiple media and juxtaposes seemingly unrelated subjects to create compelling imagery in the form of performance, video, and sculptural objects. Ferguson’s psychologically charged installations have been said to raise issues of artistic control, consciousness, and mortality. Ferguson was born in a suburb of Washington, DC and raised in the small town of Poolesville, Maryland. He moved to Baltimore to study art at Towson University and continued his studies at the University of Delaware where he received his MFA. Ferguson has exhibited his work internationally including group exhibitions in Kolderveen, the Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and, most recently, two of his installations were featured in a three-person exhibition entitled (In)Habitation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Jason lives in Ypsilanti, MI where he is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University.