Cassandra Ferguson: Iterations: Production Culture, 2019


Iterations: Production Culture, 2019
Cassandra Ferguson

December 21, 2019 – March 20, 2020

The Stantec Window Gallery would like to introduce our Winter Solstice installation by artist Cassandra Ferguson. This exhibition will be a part of the DesignTO Festival which runs from January 17-26, but the work will be up in the gallery from December 21-March 20.

Ferguson’s work borrows from design practice to understand the evolution of commodity production and consumption, and it elevates the everyday chair to a metaphoric representation of human culture, positioning it as a transcendental object that permeates our lives. She focuses on the chair as the exemplary object to tie together themes of the fetishized object or commodity, the human body, and machines/technology. Her work strives to operate in the space between sculpture and design to produce objects that speak to, and have the ability to masquerade as mass-market commodities. The work is elevated to its most satisfactory peak the moment it discreetly, and at times humorously, disguises itself within the culture of commodities.

The work Iterations: Production Culture, 2019 focuses on methods of industrial production and fabrication, specifically referencing CAD nesting software, tabbing structures, and die-casting framework. Ferguson manipulates the concept of efficiency in technological production by removing all functionality from what are considered logical processes of standardized and optimized production.


Cassandra Ferguson is an artist based in Hamilton. Fueled by the seductive character of common objects, Ferguson produces sculptures and drawings that reveal an interest in architecture, industrial manufacture and design practices. She explores a multi-faceted relationship to objects that draws from, and is reminiscent of, furniture design, yet is discursive and non-functional. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2019 and her BFA from McMaster University in 2015.

The Stantec Window Gallery is located at 401 Wellington Street West at the corner of Spadina Avenue in Toronto’s historic Garment District, in the former home of the McGregor Sock Factory. In an effort to ‘give back’ to the community – economically, environmentally and culturally, a part of the Stantec office retrofit, the original retail entrance to the McGregor Sock Factory was reconceived as a contemporary art gallery to be open and experienced by all: pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, streetcar riders, and skateboarders, free of charge. Installations rotate on a quarterly basis, at solstice and equinox. The gallery is partially accessible – it can be easily viewed from the sidewalk, but there are stairs to access the window up close.

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