Canadian Fine Art

May 29June 03, 2021
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LOT 45

Lot 45


Lot 45 Details

1 DOOR MAT, 2006

enamel on canvas
signed, titled, and dated to the overflap
35 ins x 44 ins; 88.9 cms x 111.8 cms

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $7,500
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Gallery Page & Strange, Halifax, NS
Private Collection, Halifax, NS


Ferguson’s “task-oriented” frottage paintings are made by rolling black paint over canvas laid on top of commonplace objects such as garden hoses, chains, clotheslines, doormats and drain covers. The artist’s stated goal was to demystify the act of art production and to deconstruct its strategies, which he interrogated through literal descriptions of his methodology and/or subject matter. Claiming that his art is nothing more than what it seems to be, Ferguson was influenced by Duchamp’s statement that “an ordinary object can be elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist.”

Despite their wry intentions and quotidian origins, Ferguson’s frottage works read as elegant and refined, as beautiful as they are conceptual. Upon seeing a 2002 exhibition of Ferguson’s work, Roald Nasgaard wrote that “always there are ironies, subterfuges or inversions with regard to the proud history of abstraction, operations that nevertheless (or is it therefore?) yield profoundly moving visual poetry.”


The work is in excellent condition with no visible issues to report.

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LOT 45

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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