(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is proud to present The Past Informs, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Nancy Ferro. The show will run from June 16 through July 14, 2018. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, June 16, from 7-10pm at Ro2 Art located at 1501 S. Ervay Street, Dallas TX 75215.
Nancy Ferro is interested in the reclamation and transformation of old structures and architectural forms. Contemplating the negligence of erasing old frameworks and erecting new ones in their place, Ferro seeks to elevate the historical significance of the past, while entrusting new meaning into it. The Past Informs, Ferro’s newest body of mixed media work, is a manifestation of the artist’s concepts about perpetual reinvention and acknowledging the importance of memory.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Nancy Ferro began her studies, with Ruth Harrison, while at The Hockaday School, in Dallas. She continued at Stephen F. Austin University, graduating with a BA degree in Education, Art, and French. When time would permit she attended The University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, on scholarship, for both an MA and an MFA in Drawing and Printmaking- studying with Juergen Strunck as her major professor.
She enjoys working with a multi-media and textural approach, containing layers of paper, drawing, found objects, and paint, most often beeswax. She enjoys gathering, cutting, pasting, drawing, and painting. She has had exhibits, both gallery and museum, one person and multi person, both in state and out of state. She has been included in several national and international publications. She has reached out in the area of curation, and teaching workshops on many levels. She is particularly proud of a large gallery for student work that opened for all of the art students at Highland Park High School. She engaged the help of Highland Park Arts, HP Arts, and the Principal at the time, Robert Albano for space, and financial support. While there, she also found a large exhibiting space, off campus, for yearly shows at Half Price Books in Dallas for her AP and Printmaking students. She continued to teach as well as make art until very recently. Now she enjoys art making solely.
The juxtaposition of the past with the present, both visual and conceptual, these are the contrasts and intersections with which I work. This concept manifests itself from very basic design contrasts to more complex current topics.
“.....Reclamation of architectural fragments and building materials, as well as books and other ephemera, underscores Ferro’s philosophy of continuous reinvention. Instead of discarding old structures, she uses them as a scaffolding to transform them into works built from memory and history.
“Clearly, one of Ferro’s allusions is to the perceived architectural “tradition” in Dallas, which is to carelessly raze old structures and build new ones in their place. She sees this pattern as wasteful and short-sighted, lacking respect for history, artistry and ecology. These mixed media works beautifully illustrate her commitment to salvaging the old and breathing new purpose into the transformed state.” - Margaret Belcher
ABOUT Ro2 Art:
Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC, Downtown Dallas, Inc., and The Town of Addison, as well as maintaining an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Ro2 Art is a proud member of CADD, the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas, and has exhibited at The Dallas Art Fair for four years. Most recently, Ro2 Art participated in Art Aspen 2017.
All works will be view June 16 – July 14, 2018. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 16, 7-10 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay, Dallas, Texas 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.