Freeman presents a new body of oil paintings rich in color and complexity. By combining beeswax with oil paint and iridescent pigments, Freeman leaps in to a new territory of luminous abstraction. On display in the west Room five new paintings by Sheppard. Using a variety of elements and collage, she constructs a brew of familiar yet exotic narrative imagery.
Western Project is proud to present the first exhibition of work by Eric Freeman in five years. Exhibiting primarily in Europe since 2007, the New York artist returns with a new body of oil paintings rich in color and complexity. By combining beeswax with oil paint and iridescent pigments, Freeman leaps in to a new territory of luminous abstraction. Using bold compositions that simultaneously mirror technology and nature, and blur the notions of artificial and natural, the work references science fiction and mythological allegories; the still or flickering light from 2001: A Space Odyssey collides with the solemn northern hues of Casper David Frederick's landscapes. But perhaps the paintings are more akin to the phenomenological light in the works of James Turrell, or rave concert-lighting - each an evocative and often disjunctive experience - both visually and bodily.
Freeman has entwined many historical and contemporary ideas into his classic vision this time using overlapping or horizontal bands of color. Echoes of Barnett Newman's paintings or a sunrise over the Aegean come to mind. Landscape is immediately referenced and then interrupted by a vertical column of light in the paintings. It is the contrasting compositional format which slyly creates indeterminate spatial relationships in each work - what is foreground, what is surface, what color is it exactly, for the colors shift as one moves around the canvas, enhanced by his use of iridescent pigments. The pictures never appear the same twice and the viewer's experience of the painting is never the same twice. The subtle shifting of color in the paintings is in tenuous contrast with the sensuous surfaces of paint; these are grittier and more anxious works, slippery beauty at once urbane and ethereal.
Eric Freeman's work was recently acquired by the Parrish Art Museum in South Hampton, New York. He has shown at the Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Mary Boone Gallery, Stephen Stux Gallery and Feature Gallery in New York, Glen Horowitz Gallery in East Hampton, and the Saatchi Gallery in London and is included in the Saatchi collection. His work is also in the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Kiasma - Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland.
Five New Paintings
Western Project is proud to present new paintings by Aaron Sheppard in the West Room. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Sheppard is continuing his exploration on myths of the creation of man and woman, especially from the 16th century artist Jan Harmensz Muller. Using a variety of elements and collage, Sheppard constructs a brew of familiar yet exotic narrative imagery. He writes:
"I seek to objectify the materiality of the mediums used (paint, neon resin,,,), showcase the study of line work, and highlight issues of human identity, while hoping to have the sensual relationship with each of these items resonate......I ponder a spectrum of ideas about perspective, composition, beauty, ethics, historical evolution, perception, "perversions"....
It is Sheppard's hallmark to upset the applecart of expectations about human and sexual identities, blurring all boundaries and definitions. His exquisite line drawing is a seductive vine to lead the viewer into a world where there exist fantastic visions and unexpected couplings. It is a leap into a possibly more real depiction of the multiplicity of life - the hidden and pleasurable actions of the unspoken.
Aaron Sheppard is a recent recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Achievement Award. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, Volume 1E Brooklyn, New York, and galleries in Tokyo, Beijing, London, Las Vegas and Washington DC. Sheppard has performed in "Conceptualizing the Body: Gaze, Masquerade, and Spectacle", atSUNY College in OldWestbury, New York, the Fringe Festival in Australia, and shown video in, Maid in China(town), Chinese Biennale, Ku Art Center, Beijing China. His work has been written about in BOMB magazine, Artillery, The Huffington Post, Las Vegas Weekly, among others.
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