Cayetano Ferrer

Artadia Awardee

Cayetano Ferrer (b. 1981, Honolulu; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from University of Southern California (2010) and a BFA from Art Institute of Chicago (2006). Solo exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2019); Southard Reid, London (2018); Podium, Oslo (2018); Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires (2017); and Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2015). Selected group exhibitions have been held at Barbati Gallery, Venice (2023); Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2020); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2019); Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017); Hessel Museum of Art, Bard, Annandale-On-Hudson (2015); Swiss Institute, New York (2014), and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012). Ferrer is a recipient of the LACMA Art + Technology Lab grant (2015), Artadia Award (2013), and CCF Fellowship (2013).

The sculptures and installations of Cayetano Ferrer’s involve notions surrounding the remnant. Starting with a fragment—an ancient textile, a found piece of carved wood, a section of marble, or even an Art Deco-era ashtray removed from a casino lobby—the artist utilizes an array of technological methods to incorporate such objects into the larger scheme of his practice. His work renders the obsolete and defunct both current and functional while also establishing entirely new values and contexts for objects that are often overlooked.