TSR Artist Series Present FLOTSAM & JETSAM

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Holy War 2, 2008 Ink, Graphite, Acrylic, Virgin Of Guadalupe Candle, Ar 15 Magazines. 60" X 24" © James Ferraro
Negative Nancy, 2009 Ink, Graphite, Acrylic, Victorian Fan, Grenade 48" X 24" © James Ferraro
Purgatory 2, 2008 Ink, Graphite, Acrylic, Virgin Of Guadalupe Candle 50" X 24" © James Ferraro
Virgin Spray Can, Vintage Red Cross Manual Collage 17" X 23" © James Ferraro
Exhibition Opening Invite (front), August 2009
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TSR Artist Series Present FLOTSAM & JETSAM
Curated by: Anna C. Butler

1442 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
September 11th, 2009 - October 23rd, 2009
Opening: September 11th, 2009 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

North Side
M - Sat: 11am - 8pm, Sun: 11am - 6pm
found-object, carpentry, stencil, mixed-media, installation, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, pop, figurative, sculpture


The Silver Room is pleased to announce the 7th installation of the TSR Artist Series curated by Anna C. Butler. Friday, the 11th of September 2009, marks the Exhibition Opening of Flotsam & Jetsam by James Ferraro.

In an effort to expand upon his artistic influences 28-year-old Austin, Texas native, James Ferraro, relocated to Chicago in February of 2009.  With Ferraro's move to the mid-west, the young artist brought his unmistakable style of mixed-media; which celebrates his passion for found objects, figurative illustration, stencils, sculpture and carpentry craft inherited from his father.

The TSR Artist Series hosts James Ferraro’s first Chicago solo exhibition titled, Flotsam & Jetsam, featuring a collection of his most recent works.

James Ferraro's Perspective on Flotsam & Jetsam...

These words are traditionally maritime terms used to describe objects and cargo that have been voluntarily cast into the sea. Jetsam is often abandoned cargo used to lighten a vessel in an emergency, while flotsam describes goods that are floating on the water without having been thrown in deliberately, often after a shipwreck. Generally speaking, jetsam is the property of the finder, while flotsam remains the property of its original owner.

Flotsam & Jetsam is an elegant and accurate term describing the efforts of James Ferraro. The loose literary usage of the term lends itself to the rare and worthless, to the minuscule and solitary and to the distant and discarded. Ferraro passionately searches for the perfect found objects to install and illustrate within his work. Each tells a narrative or proposes a question from some distant origin, changing hands and function, traveling decades and distances to finally become Ferraro’s "miscellaneous-media."

The Word According to James Ferraro...

I am amused by petty vandalism and appreciate the inconvenience of trains to spot traveling graffiti... oh, and I adore the boxes of Joseph Cornell and the spray can wit of Banksy.

I love Catholic iconography.

As much as I can, I pick through scrap yards searching for the perfect found object.

I greatly admire comic art and can’t get enough Mad Max.

I find the tackiness of the early nineties as a direct result from the grossness of the eighties humorous.

On special occasions I enjoy eating steak and eggs.

I am enamored with typography, so I tend to hoard pens.

I have a steadfast dedication to the pursuit of art.

*** Also, I place asterisks on everything and am quite fond of NPR.


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