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Marley Freeman

Untitled, 2015
34” x 43”


Q:
When you are making a painting, do you think about the direction you would like the viewer to see your work? What is the role of the viewer upon looking at one of your works?

A:
Vision is a filter to the brain/ thought/ feeling etc. Sometimes when I look i don’t see. I find painting interesting because it takes time & perspective to see. Sometimes when I look a painting (either my own or someone else's) I hate it, I don’t know how to look at it. It might take a month or an idea to understand how to look at something. From my perspective, the job of the viewer is to educate themselves in looking to come to some visual knowledge or understanding which is felt & discussed and perceived.


Q:
I am very interested in the concept of rapidity of vision, I feel as a viewer the strokes appear to be fast paced (in some pieces). Do you paint in a fast manner as well? Is there a comment on the way people see in general in this quickness?

A:
Yes the decisions are sometimes fast & most of the time the marks are very fast. The paintings are built slowly. Yes, I like the idea of fast thought (instinct?). There is no room to question the thought (mark), it just is what it is. I think allot about decision making and the apparatus around decision making. My process really simplifies for myself the decisions through the speed of the mark. Where as the construction of the painting can be a more slow contemplative space.


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