Brooklyn born, St. Paul resident. Full time artist/writer/traveler.
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mnartists.org/louferreri / louferreri.com
Collections: Library of Congress / Minnesota History Center / George Latimer Central Library Collection / Lilly Klevin Print Collection, BSU / Knight Library Special Collections, University of Oregon/The St. Paul, George Latimer Central Library collection
Mcknight Foundation Fellowship. Two-time State Arts Board Grant recipient. Three published books, Ostrich Logic, 2004. So Long, Betty and Veronica, 2012. The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, 2018.
Previous adjunct faculty, Hamline University, Metro State University, MCAD, drawing, painting instructor. Teacher, White Bear Lake High School, drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramic instructor.
The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, drawings on the editorial pages of the New York Times, is an on-going illustrated commentary now in its 10th year of production. (All images 22 3/4 x 11 1/2)
I was raised in Brooklyn, New York. The door of our sixth-floor apartment was open to neighbors. Daily newspapers fostered grand debates around our kitchen table. Countless cups of coffee fueled the passions of adults committed to agreeing or disagreeing over local and world issues. I listened in awe. These formative years influenced my career commitment to narrative drawing.
Drawing drives my thinking. As a drawing evolves, I clarify the narrative. The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, a series of extravagant mixed-media drawings on the editorial pages of the New York Times, illustrates this daily practice. Like all newspaper opinion pages, these renderings elaborate on ordinary and extraordinary phenomena, physical preoccupations, anxieties, and observations regarding the details of everyday living.
As an optimistic traveler, I follow a path of curiosity beginning with a single drawn line. Influences derive from news stories, personal interactions, memory, history, intuition, or a previous night’s dream.
Wild and domestic animals, people, hands, tools, instruments, plant life, rope, clothespins, wordplay, and abstract configurations become narrative elements. Titles, often incorporated directly into a drawing, point to the intention inherent in internal and external affairs. Beginning on 2010, drawings from the series, The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, now number in the hundreds.
"Lou Ferreri has covered hundreds of editorial pages of The New York Times in sprawling, imaginitive drawings collated into the exhibition, The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible. Like works of Joan Miro, Paul Klee, and Pablo Picasso, Ferreri's colorful drawings, abstract recognizable imagery through free-association, dense patterning, and surreal juxtapositions. This series is hung using clothes hangers, clothespins, and archival envelopes, affirming Ferreri's commitment to tranforming everyday materials and daily rituals into art. Born in Brooklyn and currently based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ferreri's decades long art practice includes three published books, Ostrich Logic, a book of animal illustration and verse, So Long, Betty and Veronica, a memoir, and recently, The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, a book of drawings and accompaning essays. He is a recipient of awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board."