With a reception co-hosted by Carol Damian, the Director of the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Ferrer solo exhibition nurtures a powerful tributary of faces rendered on paper bags in crayon, pencil, paint and collage, an extant, sui generis body of work that the artist has cultivated since 1972.
Rafael Ferrer's long and prolific career has garnered recognition from arenas as diffused as Surrealism, process art and New Image painting.
Lushly evolved since their germinal exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 1972, Ferrer's new installation consists of dozens of paper bag works.
At a time when object-orientated ontologies and material and spatial turns have interrogated the arts and humanities, Ferrer presents the steadfast complexity of human integrity.
In addition to the exhibition's focus on the artist's recent works on paper, Empire's Mirror (2012) is an intense work examining the historical and interpreting the current state of the artist's birthplace, Puerto Rico.
The piece is composed of 95 blackboard paintings and incorporates his punditry, which rests on the grandiose insistence that in humor lays truth.
Ferrer's solo show is on view through February 23, 2013.
David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127