April 9, 2019


The artist behind a new pop-up exhibition at Forty Five Ten

No question New York artist Al Freeman has a dry sense of humor. Her first solo exhibition, Pillows, showcases household objects—a razor, an extension cord, a garden hose—fashioned out of polyfill and pleather. Typically associated with bachelor pads, these objects are deflated (quite literally) of their power, and in turn become whimsical rebuffs of masculine stereotypes.

The show of “soft sculptures” originally debuted at New York’s gallery, 56 Henry. Now this spring, selected new works are on display at Forty Five Ten. You’ll find them (fittingly) on the third floor in the men’s department. (True Texans will appreciate the nod to a local legend: Whataburger.) Freeman stopped by the store for the exhibit’s opening, so we had to ask…

Part of your work you enjoy the most?
Sleeping in.

Habit you wish you could break?
Sleeping in.

Coolest thing in your closet?
A Loup Sarion tongue sculpture.

Three qualities that got you where you are today?
IDK, ask my friend Zach.

Piece of advice you’re received and took to heart?
“Just make it look cool.” — Huma Bhabha

Happiest when?
Cuddling with a dog or person.

Spirit animal?
Betta Fish.

One hidden talent you’re exceptionally good at?
Jumping rope.

One thing you’re embarrassingly bad at?

Book or work of art that has left a lasting impression?
My New York Times review.

Recent source of inspiration?
ICEHOTEL in Sweden.

How do you like to describe your work?

Favorite contemporary artist (besides yourself?)
Peter Saul and @ipeeyourpants.

Favorite museum or gallery in the world?
56 Henry, backroom on a Sunday.

The Details: Forty Five Ten, 1615 Main Street. On view through spring. 

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