Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman was born in 1961 in Riverhead, NY, and received his BA in Studio Art from SUNY Purchase in 1985. Freeman moved to NYC in the mid 80’s and began fabricating work for the artists Claus Oldenburg, Vito Acconci, Robert Longo, Nam June Paik, Robert Morris, James Casebere, and Richard Artschwager. He invented the Tiny House with “Slow Moving Vehicle” , a practical sculpture / performance art project in NYC that actually housed homeless persons. In the early 90’s, he created performance art at The Ritz, Limelight, Here, the Knitting Factory, and with Lalalandia Entertainment Research Corp. He participated in shows at ABC no Rio, The Gas Station, The Drawing Center, The New Museum, The Michael Klein Gallery, and others. Freeman has lived in Hudson, NY since 2005, focusing on painting until founding and directing Private Public gallery as a center for artists and curators to show large-scale work and as a space to bring internationally significant art to the burgeoning community. Of his own painting, Freeman says, I take a minimalist and personal approach to materials, using house paint, small brushes, and queen-size bed sheets. The bed sheets represent a material embodiment of my intimate life, my dreams and my relationships.

Chris Freeman
Globe, 2020
alkyd enamel (house paint) on
cotton bed sheet
80 x 90 in.
203.2 x 228.6 cm