ArtBeat: Abraham Ferraro, Hudson Valley Seed Packs @ ACCR [Get Visual]
Review by David Brickman
For a fun and very colorful experience, check out the solo retrospective of sculptor Abraham Ferraro and the annual show of Hudson Valley Seed packs at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy through Sunday (April 24).
Ferraro began making mailable sculptures out of corrugated cardboard in 2008, when he sent a roughly cubical piece about the size of a lunchbox to himself. This act may or may not have been unique or groundbreaking – but it was not in the well-known tradition of “mail art,” wherein the art goes inside an envelope or on a postcard, and it started something big and creative for Ferraro.
Since that start, Ferraro has built up an ever-growing body of work constructed out of geometrically shaped and increasingly colorful modules, all of which were shipped intact from the post office to galleries, where they are assembled like a whacked-out erector set. The exhibition Every Which Way, which fills the Arts Center’s main gallery, adds new units and re-creates years’ worth of past projects that retain their original shipping labels (including that very first one).
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