19 Men, Comfortably At Home by Christopher Ferreria
By Christopher Harrity
Billy (II), San Francisco, California, 2012. Read more below.
In his 2015 exhibit at Gallery CLU, "Home Is Where One Begins", Christopher Ferreria explored the interrelationship between men and their environments, how each shapes the other. Every detail in these wide angle images creates the portrait, from the mundane to the extraordinary. What is revealed becomes narrative.
As it gets colder outside, and we are embedded between the holidays, seeing pictures of men, at ease in their own homes has a comforting feel, so we revived this satisfying gallery.
Christopher N. Ferreria is a San Diego-based artist and educator who works in photography, installation, public art collaborations, and design. His art practice explores how individual and community identities sublimate themselves through material, spatial, interpersonal, and symbolic engagement and representation. Ferreria’s individual and collaborative works have been featured at the Busan International Photo Fair 2016 (South Korea), inSite_05: Art Practices in the Public Domain (Mexico and U.S.A.), Centro Cultural Tijuana, Honolulu Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Asian Arts Initiative, Highways Performance and Visual Art Space, Deep River Gallery, Huntington Beach Art Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Gallery CLU, SE Center for Photography, Midwest Center for Photography, Simayspace, Gallery 263, Artists Corner Gallery (Los Angeles), Linus Galleries, Photo Place Gallery, and Class:C Gallery. During his tenure as Visual Arts Director for VozAlta Project, he co-organized and curated several exhibitions including solo shows for Ruben Ochoa, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Aya Seko, and Patrick ‘Pato’ Hebert.
Recent projects include a collaboration with Ed Luce on photographs — featuring the character Goteblüd from his 'Wuvable Oaf' comic series — to be used in posters, promotion, and an upcoming cover design. Ferreria also contributed an original Oaf-themed photographic 'mandala' to Luce's 'Oafanthology 2,' released in 2017. Selected work from a new series of digital montages inspired by Tom of Finland and Kenneth Anger's 'Scorpio Rising' was recently shown in Antwerp, Amsterdam, and was featured at the Schwules Museum in Berlin this past September.Ferreria received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. He currently teaches at Southwestern College, San Diego Mesa College, and MiraCosta College.
Butch, San Diego, California, 2010
Con, San Diego, California, 2011
David, Boonville, California, 2012
David M., San Diego, California, 2015
Ed, San Francisco, California, 2013
Greg, Portland, Oregon, 2012
Hawgs, San Diego, California, 2010
Jack, San Francisco, California, 2011
Manouel, San Diego, California, 2015
Matt, David, and John, Boonville, California, 2012