Brooklyn born, St. Paul resident. Long term teaching experience, adjunct faculty Hamline University, Metro State University, MCAD, High School Art Department Chair.
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
Full time artist/writer. Engaged in drawing project now into year eight. Web www.louferreri.com
Collections: Library of Congress / Minnesota History Center / COMPAS / Gerge Latimer Central Library Collection / Lilly Klevin Print Collection, BSU / Knight Library Special Collections, University of Oregon.
Editorials: The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible.
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 newsprint, illustrates this daily practice. Like 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. Narratives unfold. In one recent drawing, the process of composing went more or less as follows:
Acrylic-pen lines develop into an image of a dog’s head. The dog’s mouth is open. Its teeth bared. The dog is wide-eyed. Draw a stick planted firmly between its teeth. Draw the stick crooked, diagonally across the picture plane. A mass swells at the stick’s top end. Shape the form. Ponder its narrative value. Color it red. Accentuate its weight. Is it animal … organic … ambiguously alive, threatening? A conquest? Intensify the dog’s grip on the stick. It has no intention of releasing it. Draw a word cloud emanating from the dog’s head. Draw rings floating upward, symbols of thought. At the bottom draw a title: The Problem With Fetching.
The Problem With Fetching is a conundrum. What is the dog chasing? Art? Meaning? What is the animal thinking? Is the dog the artist, playing a game of fetch? Has this dog latched on to more than it bargained for?
Wild and domestic animals, people, hands, tools, instruments, plant life, rope, clothespins, word play, and abstract configurations become narrative elements. Titles, often incorporated, point to the intention inherent in internal and external affairs. Executed during the past five years, the drawings now number in the hundreds.