An Optimistic Traveler
The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York, the door to our sixth-floor apartment was always open to neighbors. Daily newspapers fostered grand debates around our kitchen table. Countless cups of coffee fueled the passions of adults committed to agreeing or disagreeing over local and world issues. I listened in awe to their stories. These formative years continue to influence my career-long commitment to narrative drawing.
The process of drawing drives my thinking. As a drawing evolves, I clarify the narrative. The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible is a series of extravagant mixed-media drawings on the pages of The New York Times. Drawing on the surface of ever-changing newspaper headlines underscores the idea that, below the surface of our lives, the news resides as perpetual background noise. This subtext infiltrates our consciousness. My drawings elaborate on ordinary and extraordinary phenomena, physical preoccupations, anxieties, and observations regarding the details of everyday living.
As an optimistic traveler, I follow a path of curiosity, beginning with a single drawn line. Influences derive from memory, history, current events, personal interactions, intuition, and dreams. Narratives unfold.
Wild and domestic animals, people, plant life, tools, musical instruments, ropes, clothespins, wordplays, and abstract configurations become narrative and compositional elements. Titles, often incorporated into the drawings, point to intentions inherent in internal and external affairs.
Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible began on Thanksgiving weekend of 2010 on our dinning room table in St. Paul Minnesota as a collection of doodles drawn on pages the New York Times. That weekend of randomly drawn scribbles has grown to over 200 narrative drawings, a boxed set of 25 archival pigment prints, and a book of drawings and essays titled The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible.
The exploration continues…
Lou Ferreri January 2018 –