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Marley Freeman

Marley Freeman (b. 1981, Boston, MA) is a New York-based artist who combines the disciplines of abstract and representational painting. Her unique facture is characterized by the hand-mixed gesso, acrylic, and oil paints she uses to create meticulous, psychologically-charged color fields. Through this technical process, she studies the ways in which paint “wants to perform.” “Pigments have their own ways of acting,” Freeman says, “and I became obsessed with learning their traits.” Freeman’s distinct vocabulary of forms is made up of brushy strokes, color washes, and shapes that freely transform across the picture plane. The influence of textile design is evident in her close attention to the textural subtleties of her paints, and her reverence for their surface effects—their impressions in the warp and weft of the canvas.
 
Freeman completed her MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, New York, and her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara (2021); Parker Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); Karma, New York (2019); Janice Guy at MBnb, New York (2018); PSM, Berlin (2017); and Cleopatra’s, New York (2015), among others.

 

Photo: Sarah Rice, The New York Times

Photo: Sarah Rice, The New York Times

Born 1981, Boston, Massachusetts
Lives and works in New York

EDUCATION

2011

MFA, The Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, New York

2008

BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2007
New York Studio Program (Spring)

2006

Burren College of Art, Study Abroad Advanced Studio, Ireland

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2021

Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara

2020

Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, Why I’m Turning My Key

2019

Karma, New York, Park Closes at Midnight

2018

Janice Guy at MBnb Project Space, New York, Speechless
Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, Californienne

2017

Downstairs Projects, Brooklyn, Marley Freeman
PSM, Berlin, Never Give a Sword to a Man Who Can’t Dance

2016

Chert/Porcino, Berlin, Postcards for Porcino; organized by David Horvitz
MoAB, Brooklyn, Freeman/Kreher

2015

Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, Decision 2015 (I Change)

2014

Triangle Art Association, Brooklyn, Syntagma: Painting as Event

2013

Kansas Gallery, New York, Carey Dennison/Marley Freeman

2011

This Must Be the Place, Brooklyn, Reading Boyishly, with Corrine Fitzpatrick

2006

Chicago Hot Glass, Chicago, New Works on Brooklyn

2005

Fringe, New York, Two-Person Show with Ali Beletic

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Nassima-Landau Project, Tel Aviv, High Voltage

Karma, New York, (Nothing but) Flowers
Parts & Labor, Beacon, New York, My Way: The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers and Contemporary Abstraction
Public Art Fund, New York, 50 Artists: Art on the Grid

Independent Art Fair, New York, Alvaro Barrington, Dike Blair, Marley Freeman, Zenzaburo Kojima

2019

Gordon Robichaux, New York, Nobody’s World; curated by Siobhan Liddell

2017

Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, Monday is a Day Between Sunday and Tuesday; curated by Lisa Offermann

2016

Murray Guy, New York, What Ever Moves Between Us Also Moves The World In General; curated by Sonel Breslav
PSM, Berlin, A Summer Painting Show; organized by Cleopatra’s and Aaron Bogart
Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn, Onion by the Ocean
The New School, New York, Syntagma; curated by Natasha Lorens

2015

Lactation Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York, MaMA Cubicle; (unofficial project) curated by Zanna Gilbert
White Room, White Columns, New York, CCCC: Ceramics Club Cash & Carry (as Ceramics Club)
Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn, Nuff Said
245 Varet FKA/AKA Wildlife, Brooklyn, Four Options
Artiz Group, New York, Jumping the Line

2014

Franklin Street Works, New York, About Like So: The Influence of Painting
Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, Canaries
Bed, Brooklyn, A Body for the Bedroom
Jane Hatsook Gallery, New York, Ceramics Club Pop Up

2013

Visitation and Reanimation Library Knockdown Center, Queens, Initial Contractions
Signal, Brooklyn, The is the Prism the Spider Dreams of as it Weaves its Web; curated by Benjamin Horns
Fruit and vegetable stand, Queens, Fruit and Vegetable Stand; organized by Paul Branca
247365, Brooklyn, Spread it On: Travis Boyer, Matthew Fischer, Marley Freeman; curated by Jesse Greenberg and Macgregor Harp
Gallleryy, Brooklyn, Rainbows Have Nothing to Hide

2012

The University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, Significant Ordinaries
Goethe-Institut, New York Public Library, New York, How Can a Digital be a Gift?
An Impossible Distance, curated by David Horvitz
Franklin Street Works, Stanford, Connecticut, House Arrest; curated by Terri C. Smith
James Fuentes Gallery for VIP Art Fair, New York, Favorite Brooklyn Based Painters

2011

Hunter College, New York, Play it Again, curated by ACE curatorial collective
Columbia University, New York, Exprist: outdoor painting show, curated by Jessie Greenberg
Moving Truck, Brooklyn, Street Trash, curated by Virginia Overton
Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, One Night Show, curated by Leigh Ruple

2010

West Den Haag, Netherlands, Carry On, organized by David Horvitz
MFA Thesis exhibition, Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, New York, How to Change a Tire

2008

Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, summer group show
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA Thesis show

2007

New York Studio Program, New York, Crystal Slippage

2006

New Haven open studios, New Haven, Connecticut, Moxi

Public Projects

2020

Public Art Fund, New York, 50 Artists: Art on the Grid

Publications

2020

Alvaro Barrington, Dike Blair, Marley Freeman, Zenzaburo Kojima
Texts by Jim Lewis, Tim Griffin, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
Karma, New York
54 pages, softcover
11 × 8 1/2 inches
Edition of 500

2019

Park Closes at Midnight
Karma, New York
64 pages, hardcover
10 1/2 × 8 1/4 inches
Edition of 750
 
Nature of the Difficulties
Karma, New York
64 pages, hardcover
4 1/2 × 5 3/4 inches
Edition of 500

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