Inspired by the bedroom communities of Mid-America, my work examines the conflict between our behavior in our most intimate moments and our desire to appear as ambassadors of a white-picket-fence America. Using materials sourced from the suburban landscape, such as paint chip samples from Home Depot and clothing from the all-American company Ralph Lauren, along with imagery and text appropriated from the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist, my work explores the dichotomy between public persona and private behavior. My paintings, sculptures, and mosaics use the vernacular of the American heartland to scratch the surface of suburban pretense, exploring the compulsion to veil ourselves behind the facade of a commoditized version of the American Dream.
About The Gallery
JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.