Joe Ferriso a native of Long Island, NY, and has been living and working in San Francisco since 2009. Ferriso received his BFA at The Cooper Union in New York and is a recent graduate of the Stanford University MFA program.
Utilizing humble building materials such as plywood and house paint, Ferriso creates objects and installations that foreground color as a subject matter. The artist's work seeks to question foundational notions of color perception in art and life.
Artist Statement: Central to my artmaking concerns is how to extract the most from the least, how to create volume from flatness. This metamorphosis has recently become clearest in my sculptural experiments with expanding and contracting forms. Utilizing house paint and bendable plywood, I’ve become fascinated with developing two-dimensional paintings that can be expanded into three-dimensional forms.
Realizing that there are no lines in reality, only color transitions which differentiate space, I have purposely sought to use color to complicate the fixedness of my art objects. I consider the painted surface as both vehicle for color modulation and a physical participant in the articulation of space around the viewer. A work presented flat becomes a different experience when unfurled. These bending works stem from my desire to consider the totality of vision while observing art, allowing the art object to alter the world it exists in.
I think of color relationships not only as a subject of formal investigation but also as potent visual expressions of the transformation I seek to celebrate in my work. I want my art to offer a unique experience for each viewer. By making color driven installations, I hope that the public sees inherent color relationships anew. Presenting these works in both traditional and untraditional art settings enables me to connect color with language, abstraction with representation, and chromatic difference with living diversity.