Jul 20, 2011

An Interview With Artist, Mallorie Freeman

And The Sea Began To Cool

The name Mallorie Freeman should be familiar to you. For several years now she has shown in numerous galleries, events, and other venues around town. Her paintings and drawings of mostly women are more than just beautifully rendered and exquisitely framed. Spend time with them and you'll want to know their stories. We wanted to know more about Mallorie and she was gracious to take a bit of time and answer a few questions.

Wall Eye Gallery: Tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist.

Mallorie Freeman: When I am not producing artwork, I feel off kilter. The need to create has always been a part of my life, it's who I am. I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Cleveland Institute of Art but like most artists, I discovered my love/obsession of drawing and creating at a very early age.

WEG: What influences your work?

MF: I am mostly influenced by my personal experiences. I draw and paint what I feel. I also find inspiration from movies, books, and music. As part of my process, I frequently use models and stage photo shoots for reference material.

WEG: Share a bit about your piece, Lucretia, that is in NEO-Renaissance.

MF: I wanted to reference a Renaissance artwork with a strong and powerful female presence which was not an easy task. I selected a painting by Joos Van Cleve that depicts the suicide of Lucretia. I chose to capture the emotion of this sad and painful story of a woman who was raped by the king's son and begged her husband to avenge her death as she plunged a knife into her heart. It's so tragic...

Lucretia, charcoal, gold ink on handmade abaca

WEG: What are you working on these days and what would you like to work on in the future?

MF: I am currently working on my solo show scheduled for March 2012 at Brandt Gallery.

WEG: Which Cleveland area artist(s) do you like/admire? Artist(s) outside of Cleveland area?

MF: One Cleveland artist who's work I like is Liz Maugins. I love the combination of a little bit serious and a little bit funny. She has such a witty sense of humor. A couple of my other Cleveland based artist friends whose work I own and admire are Ryan Jaenke and Chris Ryniak.

There are so many other amazing artists out there I could name but I have been making an effort to turn off the outside influences. I am bombarded with it all day especially in my job with the Progressive Art Collection. Not that I don't love being surrounded by artwork all day, but it keeps me true to my own vision.

Thanks, Mallorie! To see Mallorie’s piece, Lucretia, in person, and maybe ask her a few questions yourself, come to the NEO-Renaissance opening reception on Friday, July 22 from 6:00pm-11:00pm. To see her work, visit www.malloriefreeman.com.

Jul 17, 2011

NEO-Renaissance Preview!

We're getting ready for the NEO-Renaissance opening reception this Friday, July 22. Here's a little preview!!

Anthony Robinson, Endangered Species Final Feast

George Mauersberger, Wiki-Rhino

Phillipe Jacinto Velazquez, Sibyl

Douglas Manry, Pray/Prey

Joe Ayala, Lucy

So, join us anytime between 6p-11p this Friday, July 22 for the reception. Meet the artists, mingle, and check out more art in our lower level by the Wall Eye Partners and other artists. If you can't make it to the opening, we'll also be open Saturday, July 23, 12-4pm and Sunday, July 24, 12-3pm. After that it's by appointment through August 7th.

Jul 7, 2011

A Lesson in Impermanence

Art done directly on gallery walls are amazing. They are almost always huge, spectacular, but unfortunately, are painted over to make way for the next show. In June we hosted Weapons of Mass Creation and one of the speakers and artists was Dan Christofferson who created a piece directly on one of our walls. He worked for two days and created this:

I love this piece. The colors, the lines, and who doesn't have a soft spot for wolves? Our next show, NEO-Renaissance, opens Friday, July 22 and I avoided painting over Dan's piece with the hopes it could fit right into the show! But there are other plans for this wall... so... it had to be painted over. I stalled. And stalled some more. Then I went to our back office and did some research I've been meaning to do. And every now and then I peaked out of the office and there he was, looking at me. I didn't want to do it, but I had no choice.


There are many things in this world we can't avoid: death, illness, decay, and painting over art done on gallery walls. We can learn to not become attached to things yet appreciate them while we still have them around. Sentimental? Perhaps. But wolves just make me that way.

~ Linda

Please check out Dan's more permanent and fabulous work at Bee Teeth.