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Artist Statement

I love paper.
“Its feel, its texture, its grain and tooth and warmth. I love the music made by shadows as they shift in my work and a new mood emerges.

I’ve always been inspired by the profound interplay of light and dark, so paper is a natural medium, so incredibly workable! With each new sculpture I try to create a pure design, undistracted by color, scene or story. No axe to grind, no observation on the latest news item.”

William Freer’s monochromatic, hand-cut paper sculptures create a flow, moving eyes from here to there and back to here, through sweeping arcs and deep swirls, in images both intensely accurate and incidental. They’re personal expressions of a moment in space.

“I am more interested in recording a feeling of motion than designing literal images. My interpretations of Indiana farmland, of rising moons, of expectant motherhood are in there, but it may take a moment or two to find them as light does all the work for me.”

I love steel.
“Steel is everything that paper isn’t. Cold, hard, impersonal. The yang to paper’s yin. I love the sparks made by machines as I cut through layers of the stuff.”

William Freer’s large dimensional sculptures convert light to shadow in designs that sometimes suggest past movements like art deco or evoke ancient cultures of the American Southwest. But they are contemporary in attitude, approachable in temperament.

“I cut by hand with 45,000 degrees of plasma heat or on CNC machines that make the intricacy, depth and continuity of my work possible in big structures. Sometimes a section of reflective dichroic or opalescent glass adds contradictory color and surprise.

“I invite people to touch my work, to feel its surfaces, to look into and maybe through the art, exploring its energy, turning it toward the most satisfying sun where the rusting or powder-coated metal and its shadows spring to life, as light does all the work for me.”