Freedom in Dreams
Eric Freeman and Kim Garner
Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists
August 20 through November 8, 2009
There will be a free opening reception on September 11, 5 – 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown’s 2nd Friday Art Night.
Freedom in Dreams pairs the works of two Arkansas artists: Eric Freeman of Little Rock and Kim Garner of Crossett.
Freeman explores mediums that lend themselves to a quick, instinctual approach, where freedom is paramount and surprises abound. He began his series, The Elephant Paintings, after a health scare. “For me The Elephant Paintings are about action, seizing the moment, letting go, moving forward, embracing change, experimenting; feeling and moving through fear and opening to the joy, the beauty—the urgency of life,” Freeman writes. “Painting them helped heal me.” The abstract works are mostly done in vivid latex enamel on plywood, with other media often present.
Kim Garner’s art represents his passion, mental toughness and personal belief in being an agent for change. He writes, “I want my work to be alive, to have energy and above all, not be boring.” Garner’s works are oversized, loose sketches: “I will always continue to pursue my first love, drawing,” he says. “I like to blend my pencil techniques, especially my own marks, in a relentless pursuit of something new.”