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Solo Exhibitions

"Free Flow"

A Solo Exhibition of constructed works

by Joel Eugenio E. Ferraris

November 3 – December 8, 2006

University of Pittsburg at Bradford

Pennsylvania, USA

Ferraris has heart
and art on life's canvas

Hong Kong-based artist celebrates life and times of OFWs

SUCCESSFUL US SHOW A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE FOR JOEL FERRARIS

Filglobe.com, Hong Kong

REX AGUADO HONG KONG 2007

Artists are typically notorious for their hissy fits, egos as expansive as the cosmos and attitude to match.

In this respect, Joel Ferraris is a major failure. Not only is he so down to earth as to be almost subterranean, he is also brutally honest about his spirituality, a frankness that can be initially disquieting to some but refreshing to others.

While a handful of people may quibble over this seemingly outdated mix of art and heart, Ferraris – a Filipino artist long based in Hong Kong – believes that it is precisely this spirituality that has brought him to a new level in his craft.

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FREE FLOW: going with the flow

KOA ART GALLERY floor plan

There were 12 artworks in FREE FLOW exhibition some of which were sets of several artpieces combined. They were as follows:

1.DIGITAL DREAMS (v2)
2.DIGITAL DREAMS (v4)
3.PRY, BUZZ, SEE
4.HIGH-RISE BLUES
5.MANICURED CANYONS AND THE HOWLING WINDS OF HOMESICKNESS
6.STORIES IN STOREYS
7.HIGH-RISE, HIGH PRICE
8.ASIAN MOUSETRAP
9.JOB VACANCY
10.ONE COOL MORNING IN BORACAY
11.MORNING PAPER
12.TWO LANDSCAPES, TWO CHILDHOODS

The viewers were surprised to see the diversity of the artworks that were presented in different styles and mediums. I intended to do it this way so as to best express my ideas about certain issues affecting my life as an artist. Besides, FREE FLOW suggests more freedom and flexibility in achieving ones goal in life and this belief is best articulated in my Artist's Statement.

This whole exhibition seems to tell a story by the manner that these art pieces were hung on the walls. Considering the fact that I haven't had an ocular inspection of the exhibition venue, which is several thousands of miles away, prior to the exhibition, I did not really have a final plan what to bring here in my first North American solo art exhibition.

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PITT-BRADFORD SPECTRUM SERIES PRESENTS EXHIBIT

BY ARTIST JOEL FERRARIS

BRADFORD, Pa. – The work of award-winning Filipino artist Joel Ferraris will make its North American debut at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, beginning with an opening reception and gallery talk on Friday, Nov. 3.

The exhibit, Free Flow: A Solo Exhibition of Constructed Paintings, will begin with a talk where he will discuss his recent constructed paintings from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall in Blaisdell Hall. An opening reception will follow from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby in Blaisdell Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibition opening will follow.

The exhibition, part of the university’s annual Spectrum Series, is also free and open to the public and will continue through Friday, Dec. 8. The exhibit will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

A total of 13 pieces will be on display, including a large mural titled " Manicured Canyons and the Howling Winds of Homesickness." Created using phone cards, this montage depicts homesickness experienced by foreign workers forced by circumstances to live abroad in search of greener pastures.

In addition, there is a large wall piece comprised on more than 200 plastic bubbles. Each bubble has a painting inside of people using either their cell phones or computers, an idea used to promote the concept of privacy.

Among Ferraris' new works are three art pieces utilizing old compact discs and CD cases cut into shapes and in multicolor. Titled "Digital Dreams," they are a means to preserve these products of the digital age that will someday become archeological relics.

Ferraris uses low-relief and two-dimensional painted images as a means for sharing his impressions of the various social and cultural environments that he has experienced in Hong Kong, China, where he has lived since 1996.

“Ferraris cleverly creates works of art that are both visually and intellectually arresting,” said Kong Ho, assistant professor of art.

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FREE FLOW

Artist's Statement

My life as an artist, constantly energized by ideas and inspirations, continuously flows freely like water until it reaches a point of equilibrium.
This roller-coaster journey of success and failures, of frustrations and rewards go on every time fresh ideas are in mind.

This particular exhibition, my first time in North America, is just one stage of that journey. The setting of the theme for this exhibition this time is any densely-populated city, Hong Kong to be specific, of the first world where material wealth and opportunities pulsate to give fuel to the fast-paced life alongside stories of depression, deprivation and doom.

I feel a mixture of elation and lamentation every time I see a lot of rubbish as a result of the culture of abundance, materialism and consumerism... or the break-up of families as a result of success in careers resulting in the decline of morality targeting most especially the young. But on top of that I am saddened by the fact that people, in their almost mindless pursuit of their dreams, forget about the spiritual as well as moral guidelines that God the Almighty Father has prepared for us when He created us.

To me, a free flowing life means to be guided by the Divine Light and to swim into that life-giving water in which one is able to gently hurdle or evade life's many obstacles while maintaining a certain balance in one's career, family life, social responsibilities and most of all moral and spiritual obligations.

This exhibition not only aims to present several of my new art pieces and innovations in various media but also to provoke discussions and thoughts on the materials and techniques used and most importantly on the subjects and themes that they try to present. Moreover this combination of a few old works and new ones aims to encourage artists to re-examine their role in the quest for the common good.

ANCHORED IN FAITH

In 2005 I received an invitation to have a solo exhibition in North America. The invitation letter from the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania was a welcome sight and I was so happy about it.

I felt proud to be part in the Spectrum Series program of the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford – the first Filipino invited to the prestigious multicultural and multinational event showcasing award-winning musicians and artists to well-known poets and photographers.

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