RJF ELEMENIUM Sculpture & Design - R. Jackson Ferch

R. Jackson Ferch: Sculptor
Human Realism in Bronze and Gypsum Crystal

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El Nino
Ojibwe
Spark of Old Souls
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Baba & Brandon
Juan Carlos & Han
Milos & Lamar
Nathan & Aaron
Thinker & Omega
Embrace
Angel
Kiri
Dream Images

Publications

The sculpture of R Jackson Ferch is featured in the following Art Book Publications.

Celebration of
the Human Form

New
for 2010

New
for 2011-2012

Celebration of the Human Form

Celebration of the Human Form:
Exclusive Sculpture Works of R Jackson Ferch,
ELEMENIUM Sculpture & Design
Kennedy Promotions LLC / Kennedy Publishing
5251-18 John Tyler Highway #311,
Williamsburg, VA 23185
www.bestofartists.com

$35.00, plus shipping and handling

About the Book

Kennedy Publishing has chosen the Sculpture of R Jackson Ferch for International Representation and Sponsorship for 2011-2012. The book is approximately 55 pages of high graphic stock, and features multiple views of most of the works R Jackson Ferch has produced in the past twenty years. The book will be distributed to collectors World Wide. The book contains an ISBN, and is listed in “Books in Print” at your local book store and libraries.

NOTE: You may also view the book online, at www.bestofartists.com. You may purchase a copy online from R. Jackson Ferch on this "ELEMENIUM: Sculpture & Design" website. The price is $35.00, plus shipping and handling, from CCNow, our online retailer.

Foreword

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce Jackson Ferch, a very talented artist and a kind and generous friend. Having known Jackson for over 34 years, I am a witness to his growth and development as an artist-sculptor. I was there when he first tentatively pushed a lump of clay around on that fateful night, witnessed his joyous amazement at his hidden artistic talents, shared his pride at being named “Best in Show” at an arts competition, and truly understood what it took for him to create each piece of sculpture. Jackson has a unique perspective on our world and its beauty that he wishes to share with the rest of us. In his own words, "Sculpting the image of the human form, with all of its anomalies, has been my life ambition."

American society has undergone a profound demographic shift in its history and Jackson's sculptures reflect that reality. He clarifies, "I see in humans a rich mixture of many ethnicities, giving us a wonderful diverse profile, which I try to express in my sculpture." That said, in his figurative sculptures, we detect distinct and blended racial-ethnic facial features, showcasing his appreciation for the glorious richness of our own culture and those of others. This interconnectedness of humanity is eloquently expressed in his Chinese vase titled, "We are all one family."

Jackson is a talented, self-taught, artist-sculptor with a unique voice in pursuit of sensual beauty in nature and the human form. While his sculptures are objectively beautiful and appealing, they have been thoughtfully fashioned to inspire and illuminate our personal inner-life, and to provoke questions in us. In his art, Jackson explores basic, primal and emotional themes that are provocatively relevant in modern society. Within the hard chiseled stone of his sculpture often breathes a spirit inviting scrutiny and touch. It is impossible to view one of his pieces (eg. El Nino) without wanting to caress its surfaces, walk around it to enjoy its different perspectives, and contemplate both its explicit and subtle messages. His sculpture has soul and genuinely engages the viewer.

Jackson’s sculptures are relevant, contemporary and timeless. In addition to his obvious celebration of the human form, his creations often speak to current social issues like the worldwide HIV-AIDS epidemic, the role of Native Americans in US culture, fatherhood, multiculturalism and diversity, to name a few. For instance, in his series "Not Forgotten," he has produced ten busts of men of every race-ethnicity to commemorate our first and heaviest casualties in the global war on HIV-AIDS.

In "Ojibwe" Jackson celebrates the Chippewa Native American tribe that lived around the western end of Lake Superior in North Central United States. The Ojibwe was one of the largest and most powerful Great Lakes tribes in North America. "Ojibwe" means "Original Man," and Jackson's choice of subject and name is intentional. This sculpture of an Ojibwe youth with multiethnic facial features suggests that we are a mixture of diverse races, ethnicities and cultures, which easily explains the unique pattern of biological variation among us. Born on the same planet, covered by the same skies, we must learn to live and survive together, Jackson suggests.

“El Nino" celebrates the tension between tender vulnerability and masculine strength. It depicts a father holding his newborn child. Fatherhood, one of the most anticipated stages of life, ushers the male into full adulthood. Although, being a father may mean sleepless nights and increased responsibility, rarely does a new father deny the joy that a newborn baby brings to his life. Jackson has successfully captured this profound, cherished moment.

His latest creation, "Spark of Old Souls" celebrates that rare but magical moment when we meet someone for the first time, but instinctively feel that we have known the person for a very long time. Interestingly, each boy depicted in this piece, is ethnically different, but is instantly familiar with the other. In this latest sculpture, Jackson addresses the nature of reality: that time is infinite, a faux construct of our collective minds. In "Spark of Old Souls”, he offers us a fleeting glimpse into the non-linear fusion of the human experience and time.

Throughout the ages, art has both shaped and reflected our society. In this book featuring Jackson’s creations, you will find the most delightful images of what one man has achieved and what he longs to achieve, a living testimony to his passion to be more than himself.

Chwee-Lye Chng, Ph.D., FAAHB
Chng@unt.edu

Artist’s Statement

This book includes some of my favorite crystal and bronze sculptures. These images reflect the influences of the people, places and cultures from my overseas travel in the past 30 years. Facial structures and the human form intrigue me, as I seek to uncover what makes individuals distinctive and similar. This rich blend of multiple ethnicities in humanity is what I try to express in my figurative sculptures.

Sculpting the image of the human form, with all of its unique anomalies, has always been my ambition. However, it remained hidden until I first stepped inside a friend’s art studio some 20 years ago, and was encouraged to push clay. To my utter delight, I was amazed that I could create in this medium. Although I have tried my hand at two-dimensional art in the past, secretly I had always assumed that sculpture was beyond my capabilities. That moment of epiphany transformed me. Shortly afterwards, I resigned a professional career to pursue my dream as a sculptor.

Early in my career I was encouraged to enter shows, so my career and resume progressed along with my studies. Over the years, I have taught myself how to build wood bases, finish sculptures for display, and the tasks of case compression mold-making, and gypsum crystal and bronze casting. After years of casting in gypsum crystal, I now cast in bronze exclusively. Incidentally, the complicated process of mold-making and bronze casting takes between four and six months.

I am self-taught as a sculptor. I do not imitate other artists but have developed my personal, unique style, which gives my art a sensual freshness that others appreciate. When I sculpt, I do not use live models, but rather rely on the strength of my observation, reflection and imagination. To me, creating art is an intuitive, emotional and sensual process of harmonizing compositional elements to uncover the hidden form and beauty in clay. Although I may start with a basic idea in mind, soon I find myself following where my material leads me. All too often, my finished image astounds even me.

Believing that quality is overridingly important, I do not market numbered editions of my work, but rather produce only seven bronze artist’s proofs of each sculpture, six of which are available for sale. This decision has afforded me more time and energy to remain creative. I am always thinking of my next creation.

R. Jackson Ferch
ELEMENIUM Sculpture & Design

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Contact:
R. Jackson Ferch
Denton, TX
Telephone
214-537-3964 USA
Electronic mail
jacksonferchsculpture@hotmail.com
 
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