Artist John Torreano will speak with Jules Feiffer about his career as a cartoonist, playwright, author, and most recent books “Out of Line, The Art of Jules Feiffer”, by Martha Fay and his graphic novel “Kill My Mother”, which was recently exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum.
Jules Feiffer is an internationally acclaimed cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and author. His satirical outlook and probing wit have influenced several generations politically, sexually and socially. He has made an important and varied contribution to America’s cultural life. His syndicated cartoon strip, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, ran for forty years in The Village Voice. He has written more than thirty-five books, plays and film scripts. Mr. Feiffer has received numerous awards and honors including an academy award for his short animated film “Munro”. Among his most recent books are his Memoir Backing into Forward and the children’s book My Side of the Car with Kate Feiffer. The Phantom Tollbooth, for which he did the illustrations, is celebrating 50 years in publication. He lives and works in New York.
John Torreano received critical attention in the 1980s for his Wall Gems, painted wood, gem-shaped sculptures often imbedded with glass jewels. Installed in various group configurations the sculptures seem to float on the wall. In his latest work, wooden balls have replaced the imbedded gems on flat, planar surfaces while the gem shapes of the wall sculptures have morphed into spheres which he titles Odd Ball Wall Balls and Lucky Balls. Torreano’s sculptures are equal parts abstraction and direct citations of the physical world. The random scattering of gems suggest a celestial sky while the stylized gems and balls reference a combination of both decorative and abstract art. Torreano lives in New York City.