Reception: Thursday Oct 12, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Artist Talk 7:30 PM
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This solo exhibition of new works by Mark Freedman features paintings from urban environments and calls our attention to their ability to capture and hold light. Their industrial derivations also seep into the paintings through the music Freedman was immersed in as he painted, like the rhythmic repetition of bridges and trains. In Freedman's abstracted cityscapes, there are no people, just drips of paints, covered occasionally by tape, layers of tape, or additional paint, in a loud, yet melancholic fashion.
The show is both "beautiful and disturbing," as one of the comment in the guest book described it. The depicted heavy architectural forms appear to be permanent, yet unfinished, referencing a post or pre-apocalyptic world. Mark Freedman was once described as the Edward Hopper of Providence, RI and just like this artist's work, his paintings have a haunted quality, ultimately provoking a profound sense of isolation.
Curated by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director