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Brett Freund

Brett Freund

With his faceted porcelain structures, Brett Freund creates a sense of discovering something precious in his work. Somewhat of a conundrum - graffiti covered crystals or diamonds - his works is introspective with a bit of flash. It asks questions about status, preciousness, and culture while providing visually a slice of each.

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Brett Freund Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Pot at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Box at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Box at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Jar at MudFire Gallery
Price: $175.00
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Brett Freund Tall Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Tall Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Vessel at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Brett Freund Artist Info

Brett Freund investigates patterns of aesthetics and symbols in order to produce a mash-up of form and imagery by exploring the decorative nature of the highbrow and surplus of popular culture.

His work reflects on definitions of preciousness and value. How does an object qualify itself as being important? Is it rare like a diamond? Does it take time to grow like a crystal or is it a symbol that references a status or identity?

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Brett Freund has studied and traveled in a variety of areas in the United States. After a residency at St. Petersburg Clay Company in Florida Brett received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and later was awarded the Lormina Salter Fellowship from Baltimore Clayworks. He exhibits nationally and was chosen as 2012 Emergency Artist by Ceramics Monthly. 

Brett Freund Artist

It is hard to separate from the rat race of contemporary hierarchies and feel disconnected from conspicuous consumption. Trends and lifestyles help us create identities while great emphasis is put on legitimacy. As a maker of things my definition of materialism is when an object is born out of an attempt to create an image. I enjoy investigating patterns of aesthetics and symbols in order to produce a mash-up of form and imagery by exploring the decorative nature of the highbrow and the surplus of culture.

When working I think about my own definitions of preciousness and value. How does an object qualify itself as being important? Is what I’m after rare like a diamond, does it take time to grow like a crystal or is it a symbol that references a status or identity? Most importantly, how can I scrutinize cultural hierarchies without undermining the possibility of growing in my craft?

I work with functional and sculptural objects. Both bodies of work incorporate color, sketching, repetition, and are built intuitively. Everything is constructed from slip casted parts and rearranged to make up new interpretations of form. The origins of my work started conceptually as a product that communicates preciousness but is manipulated with a chaotic integrity that confuses intention and understanding of value. I liken my cutting and pasting process as a means of utilizing prototypes for one of a kind decorative objects intended for personal interior spaces not necessarily defined by art, craft, or design.



Brett Freund Artist Resume

Education:
2011 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Master of Fine Arts
2001-2005 Indiana University of Pennsylvania BFA Art Studio
Residencies:
2012-Current Baltimore Clayworks, Lormina Salter Fellowship
2005-2007 St Petersburg Clay Company, Artist in Residence
Solo Exhibitions:
2013 Bliss Point, Baltimore Clayworks
2011 Ornamentation of Regret, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, MI
2006 Tightening the Strings, Tim Salen Gallery St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL
2005 Working Towards a Standard, Miller Gallery, IUP
Solo Exhibitions:
2014 New Media Exploration, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis
2013 Featured Artist, Plum Collective
2013 Cup: The Intimate Object IX, Charlie Cummings Gallery
2013 Containment IV: Allstars, Crimson Laurel Gallery
2013 Yunomi Invitational, AKAR
2013 Distilled Essences I, Charlie Cummings Gallery
2013 Multiplicity, Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University Maryland
2012 Our Cup Runneth Over, The Society of Arts and Craft, Boston
2012 Three Cups, Durango Arts Center
2012 Cup: The Intimate Object VIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery
2012 Source Material, Crimson Laurel Gallery
2012 20th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National
2012 Clay National VIII Sculptural Ceramics, Carbondale Clay Center
2012 Clay EVV, University of Southern Indiana
2012 New Work, New Problems, Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries
2012 Daily Companions, Baltimore Clayworks
2012 Small Favors VII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Cup: The Intimate Object VII, Charlie Cummings Gallery
2011 19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National
2011 Below the Surface, 4th Annual Lillstreet International Chicago, IL
2011 The Eighth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Student Success Arts Competition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2011 “A.I.R. Support” of The Resident Show, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL
2011 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition USF Tampa, Florida
2011 MFA Juried Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2010 Student Success Arts Competition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2010 MFA Juried Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2010 Shino Redux 2010, Clay Art Center, Juror: Malcolm Davis
2009 The Sixth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Friendly Fire-CERAMICS, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
2009 Student Art Showcase, 22nd Art Fair, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis Missouri
2009 ‘Endangered’, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 MFA Juried Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2008 Cups Galore, JFH Studio, Missouri
2008 First Illinois Teapot Invitational, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois
2007 Craft Art 2007, Florida Craftsman, Inc.The Coliseum, St. Petersburg, Fl
2007 Its Only Clay 2007, Bemidji Community Art Center
2007 Hopelessly Devoted, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
2007 Cup: The Intimate Object V Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
Awards and Publications:
2012 “Emerging Artist 2012” May 2012 Sherman Hall, Ceramics Monthly, p. 74
2012 “Exposure” April 2012 Sherman Hall, Ceramics Monthly, p. 18
2011 Merino, Tony, The 2011 National Student Juried Exhibition,Ceramics Monthly, September 2011, pages 58-59,Image of Artwork p. 59