The Shifting, Shining, Shimmering Abstractions of Eric Freeman Have an Unexpected Muse
Installation view of Eric Freeman, Launch F18, New York. Courtesy Launch F18 and the artist.
Freeman’s new works on view at Launch F18 continue the artist’s approach to abstract illusion, where a play of light within the painting’s surface seems to create movement within the stillness of pure color. A new depth is created by his method of applying paint, which involves building layers through mixing oil and “high tech pigments”—whose particles absorb and reflect light. The appearance of the work of art is relative to the viewer’s position in space and the conditions of its surroundings.
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Aside from the history of American abstraction and the screens of contemporary life, where does Freeman’s pursuit of the effects of light come from? He has lived and worked amid the particular qualities of Long Island dusks for 15 years—and these conditions, he has suggested, have inspired his painterly process. In a 2009 interview with BOMB magazine, he revealed perhaps the natural source of his tricks: “The flatness and proximity to water of the Hamptons provides light that permeates your head. It’s a kind of light that is electric even when it’s not bright, a kind of light that occurs and is a result of open space.”
Eric Freeman is on view at Launch F18, New York, May 5–Jun. 12, 2015.
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