Notes from the Arts + Crafts Research Studio of Andrew Cornell Robinson
Ferrero draws and writes upon the fringe, with a comic honesty which is almost embarrassing. His work manages to draw you into the story line with his wonderful use of color. Once engaged the text is easy to grab onto. For example in one colorful and explicit image of a man fucking another man’s ass titled “Viagra”, the text tucked off to the side of the figures states “I was staring at his tacky décor the entire night. Thank god for Viagra.” Other cheeky catch phrases include references to “bunker busting” a code for fist fucking, a reference to Dick Cheney, a pseudonym for an anonymous sexual partner’s online avatar in a chat room. While Ferrero’s text-laden images are a far cry from the likes of Wojnarowicz some ten or even twenty years ago, there is something equally radical about his work, in that it lulls you into the narrative using the formality of color and a comic book narrative format. The exhibition can literally be read from wall to wall, in a serial manner similar to the comic book styling of Frank Miller or Justin Hall’s “True Travel Tales”. Ferrero’s work is able to capture the eye, string along the heart and make you complicit with a wink and a giggle in a stark and often laugh out loud queer life.
By Andrew Cornell Robinson originally written for the Gay City News
Carl James Ferrero in the Project Room: Three Way Tie For Last
June 28 – August 5, 2006
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
526 West 26th Street Suite 5A
New York, NY 10001