Aug. 22 - Oct. 23, 2014
Kentucky-based artist Gerald Ferstman's new series of paintings explore the current
conflict in Syria. The exhibition title, "I Spy I Love the Smell of Gas and Bombs:
Recent Paintings by Gerald Ferstman," references the "I Spy" children's book series
by author Jean Marzollo and illustrator Walter Wick. With the works' broad gestural
shapes and bold colors, the artist suggests youthful innocence in his desire for peace
and civil liberties. But when one examines the paintings more closely, abstraction
gives way to scenes of death and horror. This exhibition marked the world premiere
for the 14 works on view.
Born in 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, Ferstman received his BFA from Ohio University, his MFA from the University of Washington, and also attended the Institute of San Miguel Allende in Mexico. His work has been shown internationally in art museums. Ferstman recently retired from the University of Kentucky, where he taught printmaking and painting for over 4o years.