This spring, Planthouse is pleased to present Caleb Freese: Open Door Policy, an exhibition featuring recent multi-layered works and a new outdoor mural on Planthouse’s terrace.
As a printmaker specializing in silkscreen and monotype, I work in layers, building depth through ink buildup over time. I find a parallel between this process and our cities: history and architecture are built on top of previous generations and civilizations. We bury, pave and forget, then excavate or dig to remember. Think of the process of cities: geometric, planned, and organized architectural structures, slowly changed, broken down, fixed, renewed, bulldozed, and ultimately a patchwork or collage in the framework of an urban environment that houses millions of people, doing unpredictable or predictable things, living and existing amongst each other. A sweeping tide of motion, differences, dreams, and objectives all give energy and color to the framework of the city.
Caleb Freese is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator focusing on architecture and nature. Born in New Mexico, he moved 30 times before settling in Brooklyn, starting with a residency with the Lower East Side Printshop. Previously Freese worked in the architectural field combining art into functional spaces, winning an AIA Design Award. He creates murals and public works that build on his passion for bringing artwork to a large audience.