Ferrin Contemporary hosts Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester, Roberto Lugo’s first solo exhibition, of work created during a summer-long residency at Project Art in Cummington, MA.
"Roberto Lugo, is as multifaceted as his work — a person who is at once as gentle and good-humored enough to create a ceramic wrestling belt as he is an activist prompting audiences to think of shooting victims Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin whose portraits he painted onto porcelain gilded in gold. "These people were worthy enough to have an urn, but it's not a statement I want to push on you," said Lugo. JENN SMITH/ BERKSHIRE EAGLE
The show presents groupings of related objects composed as garnitures and classic ceramic forms with contemporary imagery using multiple layers of content, form, and surface to re-write history. In this work, Lugo explores eclecticism and culture through juxtapositions of graffiti, European decorative arts, and his Puerto Rican heritage to create a hybrid of visual art traditions that stimulate new conversations surrounding cultural tolerance.
calendar of events
SOLO EXHIBITION Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester | August 22–October 12, 2O15 | Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
CLAY IS HOT! Worcester–Wu Tang, Museums as Muse | Saturday, October 3rd, 3pm | Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams | Join museum curators and artist Roberto Lugo in a discussion of current trends in artistic and curatorial practice involving historic reinterpretation and contemporary intervention.
DISH & DINE | Saturday, October 3rd, 6pm | Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams | Dinner in the gallery with artist Roberto Lugo and his collaborators. Catered by Gramercy Bistro and served on handmade dinnerware by local studio potter Eric Smith with Roberto Lugo.
GALLERY HOURS Wed–Sun 11–5