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‘Living on the Hallelujah Side: A Tribute to Joseph Spence’ opens this month at Doongalik

Mixed Media Blog

‘Living on the Hallelujah Side: A Tribute to Joseph Spence’ opens this month at Doongalik

Natalie Willis

Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce the opening of the second solo exhibition of multi-media artist, Dwight Laadan Ferguson, on Thursday, October 12 from 6-9pm in a tribute to the late, great Bahamian musician, Joseph Spence (1910-1984).

Ferguson debuted his multimedia sculptures and paintings at Doongalik in June 2016 in a group show entitled “The Road” which was followed by his participation in Transforming Spaces at Doongalik in April of this year. This Exhibition, however, has led him on a new journey of creativity incorporating paintings along with 2-D and 3-D sculptures, which he considers therapeutic and inspiring.

“On the Rolling Sea” cooper installation by Dwight Laadan Ferguson

“On the Rolling Sea” cooper installation by Dwight Laadan Ferguson

Ferguson stated that his fascination with Joseph Spence’s music began over 20 years ago when he purchased a Smithsonian CD of Spence’s music from Cody’s Record Store. The music resonated with him in a powerful way – so much so that he would sing the songs as a lullaby to his new born child. “Although it may be considered raw and crude to the untrained ear, I find the flow of Spence’s guitar playing melodic, and his grunts and groans heavenly,” stated the artist.

As a trained, practicing pastor and a self-taught artist, Ferguson’s journey into the world of art has been one where Spence’s music has been ever constant in his life. It has stimulated him to enter into an artistic zone where he finds the connection between the musical and the visual a natural progression. He was therefore led in this exhibition, to pay homage to one of the greatest Bahamian icons whose music has become the background for his creations.

Spence, although heralded as a genius all around the world, is sadly little known in his home. Ferguson’s quest is to correct this travesty. As an advocate and an activist for Joseph Spence, he takes every opportunity to expose anyone he comes into contact with to the genius of this simple, unassuming man who changed the way the world looked at guitar music.

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Ferguson’s objective is to promote and celebrate Spence, to create an artistic experience for the viewer, and to give them love and hope. “You can’t separate the dance from the dancer, nor the pastor from his art – I can put into my art what I cannot say in words,” stated the artist.  “Art has a therapeutic value - to bring joy, unity and a love of life. We are continually surrounded by despair – what I refer to as ‘a black hole’ – the challenge is to have the strength to look beyond that darkness, and towards the light of hope which is always there, if only you can allow yourself to find it.”

The Exhibition will be on display until mid-November, and further information can be obtained by contacting the gallery at 394-1886.

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