© 2019 Windows on Main Street. All images © the Artist.

MARCY B FREEDMAN

My “Windows on Main Street” project is an installation at Luxe Optique. As a complement to the amazing eye glasses that can be found in this shop, I have created dozens of unusual frames . . . using pipe cleaners.

 

I have called my project “Framed,” and I hope it inspires both laughter and thought. The humor will derive, I predict, from the unexpected colors and shapes that I have incorporated into the pipe cleaner frames, as well as the silliness of the cardboard stands that support the frames. In short, I think it will be easy for viewers of “Framed” to look . . . and chuckle.

 

On the other hand, the many ideas behind my project may not be obvious! So, I have provided below a list of questions that viewers may want to ponder and/or discuss in response to my installation.

 

  1. What is the significance of the title of this project? Is it simply a play on words, referencing the fact that many traditional artworks are displayed in frames, while these “artworks” are frames? Alternately, should the title be seen as a reference to certain contemporary political issues? Will certain prominent political figures soon choose to fight criminal charges by claiming that they were “framed”?

  2. Does the absurdity of the pipe cleaner frames reflect the many absurdities of current events? In 2016, after the presidential election, Merriam Webster declared “surreal” to be the word of the year! Can this word be used to describe the frames in “Framed”?

  3. Can the diversity of the pipe cleaner frames be seen as a metaphor for the multiplicity of ways in which reality can be viewed? In our contemporary society, we know that facts can be “framed” in different ways by different news media. Therefore, our choice of media outlets has a significant impact upon our view of the world. If you were to look through the surreal frames on view at Luxe Optique, would the world look different? Would it be a good idea to keep switching frames until you find a view that pleases you?

 

It is obvious that eye glasses are intended to help people see more clearly. Hopefully, this statement will help viewers to see my intentions more clearly!

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street

FUN FACTS

Favorite Artist?

Marcel Duchamp

 

Left or Right?

Politically, left. Handed, right.

 

Coffee or Tea?

Rooibos Tea

 

Favorite medium to work in?

Conceptual

 

What do you think your spirit animal is?

No idea, no interest.

 

Favorite food?

Dark Chocolate

 

Favorite cocktail?

Scotch and Soda

 

Best childhood memory?

Sticking my head out of the car window

 

Favorite vacation spot?

Any great museum

 

What cartoon character would you be if you could be any cartoon character?

Lady of Lady and the Tramp

 

Favorite movie?

West Side Story/ There Will Be Blood

 

If you had to spend a night in jail who would you want to spend it with?

Daniel Day Lewis

 

Most influential work of art?

Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel