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SOURCE: American Frame Corporation
Every month, American Frame, a web-based custom framing and art printing company in Maumee, OH, features the work of an artist from their online art gallery at http://www.americanframe.com. This month we are pleased to honor photographer Mayer Freed. Freed was selected from over 10,000 artists and photographers. In the latter part of his career Freed began to concentrate on divorcing a part from the whole to highlight “shape as shape” and “color as color”, particularly in architecture. The featured work, “Shanghai Geometry,” demonstrates this sensibility. Prints available for sale at: http://www.americanframe.com/Artist/ArtworkBoard.aspx?productid=150113e1-7358-4496-b0ff-ab54a4bb7641
Maumee, OH (PRWEB) October 08, 2012
Mayer Freed, who passed away in October, 2010 at age 65, managed to live in both the practical and the artistic realms simultaneously. He had a distinguished career as a law professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he also served as an administrator and spearheaded a series of international programs, most notably with the Law School at Tel Aviv University. At the same time, he pursued his love of photography. His sensitive images of people, his documentation of places both foreign and domestic, and his still lifes are equally engaging.
In his later work, Freed experimented with manipulating images on the computer, creating vivid color effects as his style matured toward an appreciation of abstraction. Anyone who ever attended a meeting with Freed would have observed him “doodling,” or working out this fascination in intricate geometric drawings.
When composing a photograph, Freed identified interesting buildings, facades, and architectural details, then isolated them in a way that transformed them into beautiful, often colorful, patterns and shapes that stand on their own, unrelated to the literal or specific. The featured piece, “Shanghai Geometry,” exemplifies this technique particularly well.
When Freed framed his own work, he used thin black frames, a style typically identified with “gallery framing” because it’s versatile and works well in large groups. The neutral color and unadorned profile will also nearly disappear against a neutral wall. This makes it the perfect choice for an image whose main purpose is to explore shape and color. No interference, no distraction.
We framed “Shanghai Geometry” in keeping with this technique, plus a twist, using a moulding from our Infinity collection. See the custom treatment and a discussion of its dramatic design features on the American Frame blog. To view all of Freed’s work, visit his online gallery.
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