• George Ferrandi is an American artist originally from Baltimore, Maryland whose performance, installation and participatory projects address issues of vulnerability, impermanence, fallibility and spectacle, often through experimental approaches to narrative. Employing a unique humor and a deep sense of humanity, her work stimulates a rethinking of cultural assumptions.
     
    George lives with a small dog and a rooftop garden in Brooklyn, New York. She is the director of Wayfarers Studio Program and Gallery in Bushwick, and was the founding member of the touring performance project Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object. Her work has been performed/exhibited - at the International House of Japan in Tokyo, at Abrons Arts Center in New York, the Kitchen in New York, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, the Wexner Center in Columbus, the Harn Museum in Gainesville and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has been awarded grants from the Franklin Furnace Fundwinners for Performance Art and the Mid Atlantic Arts Council. She is a 2015 Japan-US Friendship Foundation fellow and is currently developing an intergalactic festival with Washington Project for the Arts.

    George teaches Sculpture and Performance Art periodically at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the Rhode Island School of Design. She also runs a small business specializing in the restoration of statues of saints for churches.
     
    Contact: georgeferrandi[at]gmail.com
     
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    2016
     
    INTRODUCING: JUMP!STAR
     
    It’s a little known fact that the North Star that was overhead when the pyramids were built is not the same star as our North Star now (Polaris). And in about a thousand years, a completely different star will be our North Star. Because of a slight wobble in the Earth’s rotation, the pole star position is not fixed. Our “guiding light” changes. Isn’t this amazing? And poetically beautiful? We’re really curious how a transition on the celestial scale would be marked and celebrated here on Earth. And shouldn’t we be planning that party now?
     
    JUMP!STAR is that celebration. It’s an attempt to invent the traditions – a thousand years in advance – that can be hypothetically passed down to celebrate the eventual changing of the North Star, and plans for this intergalactic event are getting underway now! Artist George Ferrandi is developing a nighttime festival that will be happening in Washington, D.C. on September 24th, in partnership with Washington Project for the Arts, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be something really special. We think of the whole project as a kind of “social sculpture,” and we want to invite you to be part of it. 
     
    George is consulting with renowned scientists (including Jana Grcevich from the American Museum of Natural History in New York), and working with some amazing artists to choreograph the dances (Alan Calpe), establish the rhythms (Jee Young Sim), and write the poems (SAITO) of the shifting star. George will be making large-scale, illuminated paper sculptures to celebrate each of the eventual polestars. We’ll be printing fabric, testing starcakes, and hosting lantern-making workshops for months in advance. We’ll be visiting universities and schools and doing demos starting in spring 2016. We’ll be developing facets of the celebration with neighbors and community members and artists and teachers and you, if you’re interested.
     
    Contact us at jumpstarlove@gmail.com if you and your family or your class or your organization would like to play a larger role. There’s a lot of really fun inventing to be done!
     
    ***JUMP!STAR is named after Annie Jump Cannon, the deaf scientist and amazing human credited with determining our star classification system.
    *** JUMP!STAR has gotten a major jump start thanks to the generous support of the Japan-US Friendship Commission.
     
    JUMP!STAR: SEPTEMBER 24, 2016!!  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    2015
     
    October - solo exhbition at The Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA
     
    Summer- I'll be on a residency in Japan (!!!) on a fellowship from the US-Japan Friendship Commission.
     
    June - I'm finally doing my show at Wayfarers in Brooklyn. Sweardagod. 
     
    January - May. I'm Visiting Faculty in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    2014       
     
    November - I'll be a speaker at the Ted-x conference at Virginia Commonwealth University.
     
    May 31st - June 1st I'll have work on display and will also be performing live at Wayfarers in Brooklyn as part of Bushwick Open Studios Weekends. Details on Wayfarers website.
     
    May 31st - I'll be talking about "it felt like I knew you" on Canadian public radio's DNTO program.
     
    May 15th I'll have work in the exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial honoring the wonderful and esteemed Helen Cunningham and Ted Newbold with Fleisher's Annual Founder's Award.
     
    April 12 - 26th I'm the inaugural resident at a brilliant new arts center called Harvester. My residency will culminate in a show that opens April 26th.
     
    March 11 - 22nd - I'll be at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, fabricating/installing/rehearsing The Prosthetics of Joy, a live performance in which the players, the set and the costumes are indivisible. March 20th at  the Abrons / Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
     
    January - April 30th, I'll have work in the Friend of a Friend show at the lovely Loveytown, Everywhere
     
    January 14th - February 19th. I'll be the first resident at the Laupahoehoe Cultural Residency, being founded by Dave (founder of the City Reliquary Museum in Brooklyn, NY) and Shanon Herman.