Join us for a walkthrough Jackie Ferrara: Lines with the artist Jackie Ferrara and Olga Valle Tetkowski, Exhibition Manager, who curated the installation. FREE program. First come, first served.
Jackie Ferrara: Lines consists of eight wall drawings, each anchored by imagined architecture or architectural elements along with lists of film titles rendered in Morse code. The Morse code acts as a foundation or band, interrupting the drawn architecture or adding another layer over the entire surface. The underlying theme of the individual drawings is reflected both in the architectural element or shape dominating the drawing as well as by the Morse code text, which consists of curated lists of films Ferrara began compiling in 1993 that reflect her life-long passion for film. Vampire Towers, for example, depicts nine abstract, dark towers that emerge out of a foundation of vampire film titles veiled in Morse code. This commission reflects the ongoing evolution of Ferrara’s work, incorporating elements of the established language of her sculpture and public art works and bringing them to the walls of The Drawing Center.
Jackie Ferrara (b. 1929) is best known for her sculptural works and public art projects which are included in museum collections and public spaces worldwide. She developed her signature style, which is based on architectural forms and pyramid structures, in the 1970s. Her drawings, like her sculptures, are meticulously developed and rooted in her interest in systems, repetition, and geometry.
Photo: Jackie Ferrara prepping her installation in The Drawing Center’s Lab corridor, 2016.