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ISABELLA HUTCHINSON AND SUSAN BREYER

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Mariano Ferrante’s dynamic, immersive oeuvre evokes histories of geometric abstraction, while proffering contemporary phenomenological experiences. Ferrante’s paintings, drawings, and murals, incorporate permutations on themes of symmetry, repetition, form, and color, which evidence his studies in architecture and industrial design. To create these works, Ferrante employs a range of carefully-considered media, including oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, and chalk. His sensitivity to the defining qualities of these media enhances the effects of his compositions, especially when they are rendered upon non-traditional supports such as concrete, tiled sidewalks, or drywall. Indeed, beyond his work on canvas, Ferrante has carried out numerous site-specific commissions: in transit hubs, landmark buildings… Read More


ERIK BAKKE

AUGUST 1, 2019

Mariano Ferrante’s richly colored works, often dense with lines and non-repeating patterns, come out of a conversation with the constructivist, concrete, and neo-concrete art movements as they were manifested in Latin America. In the conceptual origins of the mathematical systems behind his constructions and in the diversity of his projects, whether paintings, or murals, or installations in the open air, a viewer can see affinities with the works of fellow Argentinians Emilio Pettoruti and Tomás Maldonado. In sensitivities to geometry and color, one can see parallels to the more op art related work of Carlos Cruz-Diez. In interests in bringing the viewer into direct engagement with his work, the sensibilities of Lygia Clark are visible. As Ferrante says, “I try to achieve a conversation between the space, the painting, and the viewer.” … Read More


GABRIELA URTIAGA

JUNE 1, 2018

A conversation with Mariano Ferrante by Gabriela Urtiaga (Chief Curator of the Museum of Latin American Art, California) published in the book Ferrante (2018). … Read More


SANTIAGO BENGOLEA

APRIL 1, 2015

Mariano Ferrante is a contemporary artist committed to painting and drawing. A dedicated and obsessive researcher, a scientist, looking into and constantly re-elaborating the act of painting, questioning even his own ideas until arriving always to new results. A circle and the repetition of this same element over and over again leads to the creation of a universe of its own, based on its own laws, both physical and spiritual. Using drawing as a language and the pencil as an instrument chosen for its strength, simplicity and sensitivity, the artist presents this mathematical composition of which we start being part immediately as we enter the room… Read More


FABIÁN BURGOS

NOVEMBER 1, 2009

Persistente Conjunto

Mariano’s work carries many of these elements. Slightly avant-garde, but only as a starting point to develop new and original transformations. It is remarkable to see how he works with his paintings in the same way as with his history, as a sort of parable. Every canvas displays and offers a series of artistic resources, shapes, colors, materials, composing a truly unique visual grammar for each panting. Different resources, concepts and ideas are applied to each piece, which even seem to negate the previous one, contradict it, or at least challenge it… Read More


EDUARDO STUPÍA

JULY 1, 2009

Red. Yellow. Blue. Green. Orange. Turquoise. It becomes evident that this is basically the color palette used by Mariano Ferrante in these new, elaborate pieces, which may also seem simple in their most evident architecture. However, when on the brink of becoming immersed in the day-like environment of these luminous inventions, we suspect this simplicity might be deceitful. The concentric or displaced circles, the squares, the diagonal strips and the vertical bars are combined, opposed and overlapped following a dynamic established based on a partially symmetrical axis. They are enriched yet denied, but never come close to disintegration because of the subtle alteration and structural traps that Ferrante applies over the apparent stability of the entire system, granting it a quality of intermittent vibration, of a fanatical, trembling homogeneity, as if the artist were attempting to find the essential nature of his geometry in every corner of a template, designed to exasperation. Ferrante focuses on the elegance of fissures, the mild disjointedness that results from displacing certain resources and details, in a programmatic, somewhat disguised way, from that which before our eyes shows a combination of solidly constructive elements… Read More

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