The Secret Life of Plants / Installation View

The Secret Life of Plants / Installation View

The Secret Life of Plants / Installation View

The Secret Life of Plants / Installation View

The Secret Life of Plants / Installation View

The Secret Life of Plants / Installation View

Alexis Rockman, Wallace's Vision, 2017, oil, acrylic on wood, 23 x 38 inches

Neil Welliver, Study for Low Water Knights Flowage, 1980, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches 

 © Neil Welliver, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York 

Jennifer Coates, Large Houseplant, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

Phoebe Washburn, Brutimus Ortellius (a view from above), 2009, c-print, 27.5 x 38.75 inches, edition 2 of 5 

Courtesy of the artist and Marinaro, New York

Adrienne Elise Tarver, Untitled, 2017, watercolor, ink on paper, 14 x 11 inches

Samuel Jablon, Leaves, 2017, acrylic on linen, 16 x 14 inches

Benjamin King, Poppers, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 25 x 20 inches

Alex Ross, Wild Salad, 2016, colored pencil, crayon, graphite, 22 x 25 inches

JJ Manford, Secret Rooftop Garden, 2017, acrylic, oil, gouache on canvas, 50 x 40 inches



David Humphrey, Plant Dreamer, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Rachel Portesi, Flower Hair I, 2017, wet plate collodion tintype, 14 x 14 


Cristina de Miguel, Things in Squares, 2017, acrylic, oil on canvas, 61 x 48 inches

Sean Martindale, Outside the Planter Boxes, Grass Spill 1, 2011-2012, digital c-print, 20 x 30 inches, edition of 6


Sangram Majumdar, paper tree, 2013, oil on linen, 72 x 66 inches 

Rachel Schmidhofer, Old Body Jewelry, 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 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

Meg Lipke, Protect The Innate Power, 2013-2017, acrylic, ink on paper, 26 x 34 inches

Benjamin Butler, Dark Tree, 2012, oil on linen, 39 x 32 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, 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 minutes

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 


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, collage, 17 x 12 inches

Maria Calandra, Étendue, 2017, graphite and gouache on panel, 24 x 18 inches


Summer Wheat, Jungle, 2017, pen, ink on paper, 11 x 14 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


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, or call 212.691.7700.