New York, New York – August 27, 2013 - The IMC Lab + Gallery is pleased to present
“Abstractions: The Films & Paintings of Antonio Ferrera”, which will be on view from
September 6-October 4, 2013. This will be Ferrera’s first solo exhibition and the
premiere of his hand-painted film series Birth Cycles 1-4.
A painting is a...
force of nature
universe and cell
life and death
new and old...
Painting is endless. Painting is freedom. Painting is me being born all the time.
Antonio Ferrera has worked primarily as a documentary filmmaker, and in 2008 he won
a Peabody Award for his film “The Gates” about the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude's
monumental installation in New York’s Central Park. His films have been featured in
museums around the country, including the National Gallery and LACMA.
For his first solo exhibition, Ferrera has created an immersive installation of projected,
hand-painted films that he considers to be living paintings, flush with color and
movement. His work is an indexical expression of his emotional and psychological
Birth Cycles 1-4 was created out of Ferrera’s desire to make an aesthetic journey
through paint and color, movement and time. Using the now rarely seen medium
of 35mm film, Ferrera repositions it as an object by painting directly onto the clear
celluloid filmstrips. He then digitizes these paintings on high definition video to
facilitate the large scale of projections and the immersive experience of installation.
Ferrera will also be showing prints of select frames from his hand-painted films.
This progression between old and new media, painting, sculpture, film, and
photography all occurs within this one body of work that withstands easy
categorization. Ferrera’s influences include microbiology and quantum physics, which is
evident in the intricate, cell-like structures of his imagery. By blending a scientific and a
romantic sensibility, Ferrera finds a sublime form of abstraction through the interaction
and exchange of energy and matter with color and beauty.
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