Now through June 17th, you can visit the first American solo exhibition by Dutch design duo FreelingWaters at The Future Perfect’s West Village townhouse gallery. Collection III consists of six 18th- and 19th-century cabinets have been stripped and given a second change at life, each featuring expressive, vibrant geometric patterns and organic decorations. Alongside the furniture pieces there’s also a site-specific mural painted by the artists on one of the gallery’s walls, displaying a pair of twin cabinets.
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“FreelingWaters’s wildly unique aesthetic blends their impassioned appreciation for figurative and decorative folk art traditions with the gestural brush strokes of abstract expressionism, the geometric abstraction of Op Art and De Stijl, and the surrealist graphic sensibility of the Chicago Imagists. Their work is saturated with so many references and ideas that they become instantly timeless,” said The Future Perfect’s Founder, David Alhadeff.
The FreelingWaters duo is Gijs Frieling and Job Wouters – their moniker a misspelled, slight mispronunciation of their combined last names. Frieling is known for his large-scale murals that bring together painting, folk art traditions, and religious iconography. Wouters is known for his art and penmanship. Since 2020, the two have been upcycling antique furniture as FreelingWaters, making their debut at London Design Week and Design Miami/ Shanghai in the Autumn of 2021.
Their work looks to several painted furniture traditions: antique cupboards and cabinets are stripped and covered inside and out with no surface left exposed. FreelingWaters even make their own paint using pigments and casein glue, a fast-drying medium that uses milk protein. It results in extreme color intensity and durability, and because it’s fast-drying there’s no time for mistakes or retouching. Each of FreelingWater’s pieces depicts a vessel, the backsides include the brand’s name, the work’s title, materials used, and the date and place of production in hand-printed lettering.
To learn more about the FreelingWaters’ Collection III, or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, visit thefutureperfect.com.