When: Fri., April 30, 6-9 p.m. 2010
Artist Maximiliano Ferro grew up in Argentina and Miami and currently lives in New York City, but this Friday, he’ll put on “the first word was dream*it came to me as I slept,” an exhibit made entirely of things he finds in Memphis. Ferro is spending the week looking for materials and putting things together in a U-Haul that will occupy the corner of South Main and Nettleton.
Dreams are the subject of this exhibition, and interactivity and a dynamic sense of place are key to Ferro’s vision. “I’m really excited to see what my life is going to be like this week,” he says, “I’m going to be making these things that are going to come from very far inside my being and also very far away from me.” One of the more concrete ideas he has for the way the show will turn out involves a haiku exchange. “They’re really fast to write,” Ferro says. “Sure, you can think about them for a second, but they’re also kind of disposable because you can write another in the next minute.”
Ferro hopes to encourage human exchange as a general theme of the show, rather than just focusing on what he’s created. The community built around his work is a major part of the process. “I want people to think, ‘Wow, we’re alive. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done,’ Ferro says. “That’s what I really want for the show.”
The show takes place as part of the Gallery Management class at Rhodes College. Students in the class, taught by Hamlett Dobbins, have been teaming up to show art across the city. Charlotte Watson, one of the show's curators and Ferro’s longtime friend, explained her appreciation for the opportunity to show his work. "While it is do-it-yourself, Hamlett makes it seem really possible … like you could do this whenever and wherever with no money if you wanted to." Michael Gossett, the other curator, pointed out that he and Watson don't even major in art. "It's a very democratic way of thinking about art, to have someone who's not an artist but really appreciates art being a part of the process." — Halley Johnson