ArtBeat/LIVE: Abraham Ferraro’s “Art Course”

July 25th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg

What happens when performance art meets obstacle course? “Art Course,” of course.

This is a short video of Abraham Ferraro’s “Art Course” as performed at the MarketPlace Gallery in Albany on Friday, June 10.

As Ferraro describes it: “An Art obstacle course that begins by smashing my way out of a 4 foot drywall cube with 2 claw hammers! Walls will be broken, barbed wire hoops passed, wiffle ball bats swinging, boxing gloves punching, and flying Ferraro…all lead to a leap of faith and end at a giant neon ART sign!”

You can also see another of Ferraro’s works, “Mail-able 2,” in the 75th Mohawk-Hudson Regional at the Albany Institute of History and Art through Sunday, September 4. At last Thursday’s awards ceremony, Ferraro’s piece was honored with a pair of awards, one of which was the coveted Purchase Award.


ArtBeat: Abraham Ferraro’s “Art Course” @ the MarketPlace Gallery, 6/10/11

June 8th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Envelope-pushing Nippertown artist-sculptor-inventor Abraham Ferraro presents his latest art event, “Art Course,” on Friday evening at the MarketPlace Gallery in Albany. The performance is slated to begin at 9pm.

Part obstacle course, part performance art and part adrenaline-induced smashing, kicking and punching, “Art Course” is based on Ferraro’s 20-plus years of pursuing his unique brand of sculpture, installation and performance art.

The first obstacle in “Art Course” begins with Ferraro kicking and smashing his way out of a four-by-four-foot solid drywall cube. The course continues with him climbing and breaking through a series of walls, jumping through barb wire hoops, descending ladders and taking several “Art Course”-induced face punches. The performance climaxes with Ferraro pushing a giant, oversized button revealing the true meaning of his work.

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