Frank Ferraro: Sound Sculpture Artist

Artist, Frank Ferraro, has adapted; taking to new media to express his keen artistic sense. His thoughtful and emotionally charged work pulls inspiration from multiple realms of the senses like in his “Sonic Bridge Sound Sculpture.” For the piece he recorded automotive tires riding over the surface expansion joints on bridges and slowed the recording down to half speed, which in turn vibrated stones and steel fasteners, yielding a hypnotic warble of symphonic clacking (see the video here). “I put ideas into media that best express what I’m trying to say.”

BStealth TR GalleryFrank skipped out on college and spent 17 years working at a printing plant until he made a pilgrimage to New York City to visit the Isamu Noguchi Museum. “I wept at the power and beauty of his basalt, marble, and granite sculptures and decided it was time to pursue my true love of art.” He learned the craft of stone harboring from some old timers and by the late nineties he was receiving rave reviews from galleries and selling a lot of his work. But when he started experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s, he had to stop using dangerous power tools and figure out new ways to express his creative passions. “Artists in general are resourceful. When they take studios away, we find ways to be creative; we’re like weeds and we’ll always find another crack to grow through.”

Frank tried his hand at writing first, but as he puts it,describe the image “writing is like cutting down a tree with a spoon.” However, his journaling had a cinematic quality and at the encouragement of friends he fleshed it out into what became “gravity + grace,” an operatic theatre piece inspired by his experiences with Parkinson’s, which he produced and co-directed as well. A monologue from the show is an emotional purge by the main character’s wife venting her frustration, telling how her life feels usurped, her goals and duties becoming secondary to the disease that she inherited by default. “It’s a solitary journey,” says Frank. “This is a disease you take to the grave. It doesn’t take you, you take it. It’s like being hijacked; a passenger without control. I choose to enjoy the ride…to be happy.”

Also see highlights from Ferraro’s contemporary opera on living with Parkinson’s Disease:

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