The larger-than-life sculptures on display now at the Lehman College Art Gallery are turning heads and stopping people in their tracks.
The exhibit, “Michael Ferris, Jr.: The Bronx Series and Other Works,” features five intricate, colorful wooden busts and more than a dozen ink drawings.
“The work is very visually compelling,” said Gallery Director Susan Hoeltzel. “Students would be going by and you’ll hear them gasp.”
Ferris Jr., a Chicago native who now lives in the Morris Park section of Bronx, started making these sculptures in 1994. The inspiration comes from the Middle Eastern mosaic tables that belonged to his father, who is Lebanese.
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Michael Ferris’ intensely patterned figurative sculptures are portraits based on actual people. This exhibition features recent sculpture, working drawings, and includes his new “Bronx Series” based on people in the Morris Park neighborhood, where he has lived and worked for the last seven years.
Ferris’ visually stunning sculpture is known for elaborate geometric patterning inspired by Middle Eastern inlaid gaming tables, a tradition connected to his Lebanese heritage. Ferris shapes small pieces of wood that are applied to the larger wooden surface, something like mosaics, in an overall pattern covering every inch of the surface. His approach to the figure is classical and embraces realism while his surfaces offer a counterpoint of geometry and color that animates the figure and hints at the persona within. The exhibition also includes working drawings that offer a window on his process from conception to three-dimensional form.
The exhibit will run from February 7 – May 12, 2012.
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