|Defying Adultism At Ed Freeman gallery – Artweek.la-August 2012
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Chinatown’s Ed Freeman Gallery in collaboration with Coagula Gallery gets
back to basics with a new concept ‘The Drawing Room,’ targeting child art.
The community focused experiment sees the Freeman gallery host a show of
fine art prints drawings and paintings created by children.
Saturday August 25 will see Freeman line the floor of his Chinatown
gallery with high quality drawing paper. He will then invite twenty plus
kids to draw on the paper to create a pre determined image of their choice .
Freeman will then photograph the chosen pieces, perform basic color and
contrast corrections, then print the resultant, optimized images on museum
quality watercolor paper and frame them professionally.
The best work - curated by Mat Gleason of Coagula Gallery and Magazine and
gallery owner Ed Freeman among others – will be included in a show that
will open later in the year ( now tentatively scheduled for Sept 29). The
works will then be shown and auctioned, with a percentage of proceeds
benefiting various Los Angeles children’s charities.
Commenting gallerist Ed Freeman said, “We’re going to curate kids' art
the same way any gallery curates "grown-up" art. We'll photograph the
chosen pieces, perform basic color and contrast corrections and whatever
retouching is necessary, then print the resultant, optimized images on
museum quality watercolor paper and frame them professionally.
“Children's art often gets overlooked because, like all other art,
exceptional pieces can get lost in a sea of less interesting ones. Kids
usually draw on inexpensive paper which can get dirty and smudged; the
paints, crayons and colored pencils used are also not so great; sometimes
there are several paintings or drawings on the same piece of paper, and you
have to pick and choose the best ones.”
Co judge Matt Gleeson of Coagula Gallery added, "There is more
originality in the average child's drawing than in the artwork of 90
percent of the MFA art school graduates out there. It was a relief to be
able to analyze the submissions compared to the conceptual drivel that the
diploma set pitch me with every day."
On August 25 between 6 and 9 pm – during Chinatown Summer Nights – Ed
Freeman Gallery host a Drawing Room For Kids at 945 Chung King Road. Any
child will be welcome to come in and draw as much as they want. There will
be crayons, pastels, colored pencils and an endless supply of paper on
hand. If they choose to participate, their artwork will be considered for a
Details at http://www.edfreeman.com/
Written by Craig Stephens
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