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 gallery exhibition.

Details at http://www.edfreeman.com/


Written by Craig Stephens

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