FreelingWaters: Collection III

FreelingWaters New York May 19 - June 15, 2022

Prepare to be captivated by FreelingWaters: Collection III, an exhibition showcasing the exceptional new works by Amsterdam-based artists Job Wouters and Gijs Frieling. Opening on May 19, 2022, at The Future Perfect’s St. Lukes Townhouse, this collection invites you to immerse yourself in a world where two-dimensional imagery, ornamentation, and decoration converge to create extraordinary possibilities within three-dimensional objects.

Wouters and Frieling continue their exploration of how patterns and imagery can transform objects into functional, multi-dimensional canvases that envelop the viewer in a sensory experience. By meticulously hand painting six 18th- and 19th-century pinewood cabinets with pigments in casein binder, the artists have crafted intricate works of art. Every surface of these cabinets, from the inside to the outside, top to bottom, and back, has been adorned with their artistry.

Employing a palette of seven pigments, including Titanium White, Mars Black, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Light, English Red, Emerald Green, and Ochre Yellow, Wouters and Frieling have achieved a remarkable array of colors and hues with a matte finish. Their painting technique is a testament to their artistic prowess, encompassing visually textural and decorative gestures. From smooth gradients to marble imitations, multi-colored Rorschach patterns to grids, block patterns to full-colored surfaces adorned with calligraphic ornaments, lettering, and figurative elements, these objects unite various chromatic and stylistic references. They seamlessly bridge 18th-century decorative traditions with the intricate ornamentation of art deco and modernist aesthetics.

While undeniably visually striking, these objects also demand a physical presence that beckons interaction and contemplation. They serve as repositories of both objects and profound introspection, inviting viewers to engage with their intricate details and to peer into their depths.

FreelingWaters: Collection III will be on display at The Future Perfect’s St. Lukes Townhouse until June 17, 2022. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the extraordinary fusion of art and functionality crafted by Job Wouters and Gijs Frieling in this mesmerizing exhibition.

Exhibited Works