The first exhibition of New York-based artist Al Freeman’s work at Caravan Gstaad, the salon and library located in a former Alpine farmhouse that serves as an annex to the main gallery.
Known for her satirical sculptures in loosely stuffed vinyl, Freeman’s show is ironically named Aspen, after the famed ski resort in the US. The exhibition is comprised of large-scale replicas of recognisable consumer items in the artist’s preferred material of stuffed vinyl, from local signifiers like a slice of Emmental cheese and a Swiss Army knife to a bottle of Jägermeister, a gold “Princess” necklace, a bottle of Dom Perignon, and a gold bar. Freeman’s soft, wall-mounted sculptures simultaneously objectify and let the air out of all the clichés that can be associated with the idyllic barn and locale in which the show takes place.
Al Freeman (b. 1981, Toronto, Canada) lives and works in New York. She received her B.F.A. from Concordia University in 2005, and her M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art in 2010.
Her work has been the subject of numerous solo presentations, including recent exhibitions at Carl Kostyál London, Grice Bench, Los Angeles; Carl Kostyál, Stockholm; 56 HENRY, New York; Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels and Bortolami, New York.
She has been featured in various group exhibitions at Harper’s Book, New York; 56 HENRY, New York; Carl Kostyál, London; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York; Chateau du Feÿ, Bourgogne; CUE Foundation, New York; Almine Rech, New York; Marlborough Contemporary, New York; Reyes Projects, Detroit; Galeria Alegria, Madrid; and Stems, Brussels. In 2017, Freeman published Comparisons with Flat Fix, Brooklyn.