Gary Rough | Fine Art Friday

This winter and spring I had the pleasure of a junior high intern join me weekly at the studio, Isabella Blackman.  She is a talented and insightful young lady who has interests in the arts and computer science!  To wrap up her time with me, we had her complete a Fine Art Friday blog post after her recent trip to New York City.

This past week I visited New York and while I was there I did some gallery hopping. I was fortunate come across one that I had wanted to visit for a while now: Fergus McCaffrey. The gallery is located in Manhattan, right on West street.

The artist that was featured was Gary Rough. He is a New York based photographer though he was born in Scotland. He holds a BA and an MFA from the Glasgow School of the arts. Once he finished school he moved to Berlin to further his studies and then ended up in New York where he now currently resides and currently works.

He has had two exhibits shown at Fergus McCaffrey. In his new exhibit he presents a series of things that he has gathered together such as, prefabricated metal bathroom stalls, custom neon lighting, recycled wood sculptures, and his own crafted works.

“Rough was born in the proudly working-class city of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1972. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Glasgow was decimated by the collapse of its heavy manufacturing industry—much like Detroit today. In both cases, this brought about economic ruin, rampant unemployment, and urban decay, all of which helped to accelerate the ongoing decline of male authority. Rough is a child of those times, and his work touches on the universally complex bravado and fragility of the male psyche today.”

One piece I especially connected too was one of the main pieces of art presented. It immediately caught my eye because it was the first thing that I saw when I walked in:

Fergus-McCaffrey-Chelsea-Gary-Rough-4PINThe artwork was broken up in two pieces. The first piece was made up of light up figures hanging and right under were long white pieces of wood stacked up against each other, pushed up against the wall. I enjoyed this specific piece because it immediately drew me in. The artwork was very minimalistic just like the rest of the collection but the lights added the extra touch. The artwork was not only very nice to look at but made you think what it was truly of and about. I personally thought it looked like a fire pit from a camping ground with the lights representing the flames, and the wood representing the pit.

Here are some more photos from the exhibit:


For more information on Rough and the exhibition you can visit