Earlier on in the year Bottleneck Gallery teamed up with Matt Ferguson for his first ever joint gallery show, ‘Influences’, which was in collaboration with fellow Poster Posse member Marko Manev. Many of Matt’s pieces were in extremely high demand and have sold out through Bottleneck. Next Thursday Matt is giving fans and collectors a second chance to pick up some of these pieces., but be warned, they are only available in extremely low numbers!
Yesterday we brought you the exclusive world premier of “Recalling Mars”, one of Marko Manev’s excellent pieces for Bottleneck Gallery’s ‘Inspirations’ exhibit featuring original works by himself and Matt Ferguson. Today we were lucky enough to catch up with Marko’s partner in crime in this exhibit of epic proportions, Matt Ferguson. Matt was kind enough to share a few words ahead of the show which opens this Friday, the 28th of February, at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn at 7pm.
Firstly, Matt, congratulations on ‘Influences’! It’s great to see yourself and Marko Manev sharing a show and very well deserved. Can you tell us a little bit about what led up to you both working together?
Thanks! It has been a great show to prepare art for. Me and Marko have known each other via the work we do for quite a while now. I think we first crossed paths when we both did poster art for the film Chronicle a few years ago. Even then it was obvious to me that we both had very similar sensibilities and loved the same kind of films and pop culture. I think that Bottleneck Gallery saw it that way as well as it was them who proposed the idea of us doing a show together. I didn’t even have to think about it! YES!
“Shark Repellent Batspray”
11″ x 24″ Giclee, Signed and numbered edition of ’66
The theme of the show is ‘Influences’, when you look at the work that you put together for the show, was there a particular period in time that you felt more inclined to draw inspiration from?
Easy one this, all my art is inspired by things, mostly films, that I loved and obsessed over as a child. The time frame of inspiration is mostly films from the mid 80’s to early 90’s, so when I was about 5-10 years old. There is also some stuff thrown in there that I was exposed to via my older brothers and parents that really had an effect on me, for example Close Encounters was a film I particularly loved to watch with my parents.
16″ x 20″ Giclee, signed and numbered edition of 40
There have been a few pieces teased already, notably the fantastic pieces inspired by Jurassic Park and Batman: The Movie, which both follow a similar tonal theme to your previous Batman pieces for Bottleneck Gallery, what influences have you personally had with your style of art?
I think I am still trying to find a definitive style and my art is always changing and growing. I take influences from all around me but a few things that really had impact are other artists, I just soak it all up.
I like minimalist art and I also really like illustrated posters (Drew Struzan, Paul Shipper etc) but it seems to me most pop culture art is either one or the other of these styles. I want to combine the two, like with my Batman posters, you could say they are minimalist because the ideas and composition are very direct and simple but I also try to render them in an illustrated style often just depicting one scene from the film.
“We Bring Good Things To Life”
16” X 20” hybrid screen & letterpress prints, Signed and numbered edition of 40
You will be heading over to Bottleneck Gallery for the opening night, what are you most excited about?
Meeting the guys and gals I only know from online and emailing. Can’t wait to finally meet Marko and Joe!
SENSEI”, “ME KING!” and DIVE!”
12” X 12” laser cut stencil and spray painted by the artist, Signed and numbered show exclusive edition of 20.
Source: Xombie Dirge
If the fact that Matt has created a HYBRID screen print and letterpress for Batteries Not Included, one of my favourite movies as a kid, he has also raided my childhood memories by producing exceptional artwork inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Movie, Transformers, Flash Gordon and Jurassic Park. As an extra added bonus, and because Matt and Bottleneck Gallery are such fine folk, Matt has created a free screen print for the occasion. “Spared No Expense” will be given away to the first 35 orders placed in person and the first 140 orders placed online. How cool is that?
Free screen print, Signed and numbered edition of 175.
11″ X 24″ Giclee, Signed & Numbered edition of 40
Matt has clearly put a lot of hard work, thought and indeed skill into all of these pieces and it is great to see such a mix of print mediums. There are even a few more to be revealed before the show opens! I certainly can’t wait to get my hands on plenty of these and if your in the New York area, I urge you to go. There is plenty of exclusive show content for you to brave the cold for, plus Matt will be there in person to meet and greet!
‘Influences’ opens this Friday, February the 28th with an opening reception from 7pm until 10pm where Matt Ferguson will also be in attendance. The show will run through until March 23rd at Bottleneck Gallery, 60 Broadway, NYC. There will be an online drop at some point with pieces from the show being available online. For more information, head on over to Bottleneck Gallery’s Website, Twitter and Facebook. Also, make sure to follow Matt Ferguson on Twitter and Facebook, too!