León Ferrari. City (Cidade) from the series Heliographs (Heliografías). 1980, signed 2007

León Ferrari City (Cidade) from the series Heliographs (Heliografías) 1980, signed 2007

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“These works express the absurdity of contemporary society, that sort of daily madness necessary for everything to look normal,” Ferrari wrote about his series of “heliographic” drawings, made with a technique traditionally employed by architects for reproducing plans. That “daily madness” most impacted Ferrari when, in 1976, he and his family escaped the terror of the Argentine military dictatorship by moving from Buenos Aires to São Paulo. He produced these drawings with Letraset rub-on architectural symbols and printed numerous editions to be sent throughout the world as mail-art posters. With his characteristic dark humor, Ferrari explores the relationships between individuals and multitudes, alienation and chaos—while also considering the frequently asphyxiating nature of entrenched power structures.

Gallery label from 2019
Medium
Diazotype
Dimensions
composition: 37 3/8 x 37 5/8" (95 x 95.5 cm); sheet: 38 9/16 x 38 3/4" (98 x 98.5 cm)
Publisher
León Ferrari, São Paulo
Printer
León Ferrari, São Paulo
Edition
unlimited (few known printed sets)
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
255.2007
Copyright
© 2022 León Ferrari
Department
Drawings and Prints

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