Summer Wheat 

Jungle, 2017

pen and ink on paper

11 x 14 inches 

 

Neil Welliver 

Study for Low Water Knights Flowage, 1980

oil on canvas 

24 x 24 inches 

 © Neil Welliver, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York 

 

Phoebe Washburn 

Brutimus Ortellius (a view from above), 2009

c-print, edition 2 of 5 

27.5 x 38.75 inches 

Courtesy of the artist and Marinaro, New York

 

 

Adrienne Elise Tarver

Untitled, 2017

watercolor and ink on paper

14 x 11 inches 

 

 

Rachel Schmidhofer

Old Body Jewelry, 2016

oil on canvas 

20 x 16 inches 

 

Alexis Rockman 

Wallace's Vision, 2017

oil and acrylic on wood

23 x 38 inches 

 

 

Rachel Portesi

Flower Hair I, 2017

wet plate collodion tintype

14 x 14 

 

Cristina de Miguel 

Things in Squares, 2017

acrylic and oil on canvas 

61 x 48 inches 

 

 

Sean Martindale

Outside the Planter Boxes, Grass Spill 1, 2011-2012

digital c-print, edition of 6

20 x 30 inches 

 

 

Sangram Majumdar

paper tree, 2013 

oil on linen

72 x 66 inches 

 

 

Meg Lipke 

Protect The Innate Power, 2013-2017

acrylic and ink on paper 

26 x 34 inches

 

H. Peik Larsen

Champlain, 2014

watercolor on board 

8 x 10 inches 

 

 

Emily Noelle Lambert 

River Bed, 2016

oil on canvas 

24 x 20 inches 

 

 

Olivia Kaufman-Rovira

1 Seed : 1 Bullet, 2017

reclaimed bullet shells and grass seed

dimensions variable

 

Mi Ju 

Bird of Paradise, 2017

acrylic on linen, thread, crystal 

24 x 20 inches 

 

 

George Jenne 

Invidus Vermem One, 2015

single channel color HD video with sound

24:49

 

Samuel Jablon

Leaves, 2017

arylic on linen

16 x 14 inches

 

 

Peter Hutchinson 

The Red and the Black, 1990 

mixed media 

24.25 x 14.25 x 3 inches 

 

 

Elizabeth Huey

Night Murmurs, 2017

acrylic and oil on wood

24 x 20 inches

 

 

Daniel Heidkamp 

Beast Bath, 2012

oil on canvas 

18 x 24 inches

 

 

Stephen Eichhorn 

Cactus Cluster / Pink Circle (Study), 2017

collage on archival paper

14 x 11 inches

 

Alec Egan 

Flowers, 2015

oil on canvas 

30 x 30 inches 

 

Jared Deery

The Sun Calls at Strange Times, 2017

oil on canvas

20 x 24 inches 

 

 

Jennifer Coates

Large Houseplant, 2017

acrylic on canvas

72 x 60 inches

 

 

Donna Cleary 

subversive medicine, Reishi I, II and III, 2017

raku fired ceramics

4 x 10 x 4 inches (I), 5 x 9 x 3 inches (II), 4 x 10 x 3.5 inches (III)

 

 

Hye Jin Chung

Plant Collector, 2013

cut paper and collage

17 x 12 inches

 

 

Maria Calandra

Étendue, 2017

graphite and gouache on panel

24 x 18 inches

 

 

Ross Bleckner

Untitled, 2017

oil on linen

18 x 18 inches

 

David Baskin

EUPHORIA, 2016

cast bronze

26 x 28 x 3 inches

 

 

Eric Aho

Small Orchidist, 2016

oil on linen

36 x 30 inches 

Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, NYC

 

Vera lliatova

Major in a Minor Key, 2013

oil on canvas

26 x 30 inches

Max Razdow

Orchiid, 2015

Pen, ink, graphite on paper

7.5 x 5.5 inches

JJ Manford

Secret Rooftop Garden, 2017

acrylic, oil, and gouache on canvas

50 x 40 inches

 

 

Erik Den Breejen

The Seventh Seal, 2017

acrylic on linen

30 x 40 inches

Emilia Olsen

Untitled, 2017

oil on canvas

72 x 60 inches

David Humphrey

Plant Dreamer, 2016

acrylic on canvas

18 x 24 inches

Benjamin King

Poppers, 2017

acrylic on canvas

25 x 20 inches

Benjamin Butler

Dark Tree, 2012

oil on linen

39 x 32 inches

Alex Ross

Wild Salad, 2016

color pencil, crayon, graphite

22 x 25 inches

THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS

Group Exhibition

July 8 – September 3, 2017

The Secret Life of Plants

July 8th – September 3rd, 2017 @ Freight+Volume

Opening reception Saturday, July 8th, 7pm - 10pm

 

Freight+Volume is very excited to announce The Secret Life of Plants, a summer group exhibition co-curated by Jennifer Coates and Nick Lawrence. The works in this exhibition explore the relationship between plants, humans, and the psychology behind their interactions.

 

The Secret Life of Plants was a book published in 1973 that explored plant sentience and the “physical, emotional and spiritual relations between plants and man.” The book begins with the story of a houseplant in the office of a polygraph expert – he hooks the plant up to a lie detector and determines that the plant registers measurable reactions when he intends to harm it. Through years of experiments, he believes he has discovered that plants can read their caretakers’ minds, even from hundreds of miles away.

 

This was later considered New Age magical thinking, however, plants and animals have a complex symbiotic relationship that extends far beyond them supplying us oxygen and food, and us cultivating them and spreading their seeds. Observing plant behavior can teach humans to think, act, and live better. We can learn from paying attention to how they communicate, help each other to grow, and how they find equilibrium in their environments. Climate change is threatening both flora and fauna on this planet, so attuning one’s mind to plants seems like a timely, important ritual.

 

Plants make us human. The works in this show delve into the plant/human dialectic and celebrate the psychological spaces that plants help us create. Alexis Rockman’s animals and insects in a liquid, melting landscape and Emilia Olsen’s giant cactus with reclining figure and skeleton hint at the menace of a warming world. David Humphrey and Daniel Heidkamp present a more dreamy, bucolic state of mind amidst vegetation. Meg Lipke and Sangram Majumdar use plants as a vehicle for abstract paint handling. JJ Manford and Jennifer Coates explore a psychedelic vision. Plants get a thorough treatment in a variety of mediums, styles and scales.

 

Please join us for the opening reception with the artists on Saturday, July 8th from 7 to 10pm. Refreshments will be served. A full-color, limited edition catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be available for sale. For further information, please contact nick@freightandvolume.com, or call 212.691.7700.