Signs & Remains
Extended to February 2, 2013
The crumbling, deteriorated, and forgotten fragments of the every day have become Paola Ferrario's dedication. They are without doubt vernacular, but sincerity, inspired by grouping, invests our perception. Intention emerges though the sequences and grids that Ferrario organizes her images into. Grouped formally by color, rhythm, form, shape, or texture each frame becomes enriched. There remains a spontaneity to each image, as if it were a note quickly jotted down, but still a sense that each little thing- the bark of a tree, a tile of the floor, a doormat, toorn sign, a few fallen q-tips, balloons snared by tree branches have an importance. For Ferrario capturing and memorializing these finds seems to prove, even preserve some worldly truth. The works have affirmation- yes- this, yes- that. We pass these findings ourselves if we watch our world closely enough, and the proud showing hand of the artist proves her and encourages our own finding. In several works Ferrario displays discoveries in her palm- a shell-cracked egg, a lizard, a dish of soap, a lump of debris in a rubber glove, a strange mushroom. We find ourselves making our own selections and attaching our interest to particular proposed frames.
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