Los Angeles based artist/sculptor J. Frede‘s recent body of work, “Heirloom” was shown last month at Pirate Contemporary Art in Denver, CO alongside painter Amanda Gordon Dunn‘s latest paintings. J’s Heirloom collection consists of 13 new sculptures that investigate the objects he uses and the artists personal memories attached with those objects and the objects he uses where he has no previous history with. An excerpt from Frede’s artist statement explains it best:
“I am interested in the idea of objects holding the past while hiding their past. The memories we associate with our grandfather’s watch or the blanket our mother made us, we can have strong reactions at the mere sight or smell of items whose history we can recall and these same objects are static to anyone else who sees them with no personal association.”
A reoccurring object J used in several sculptures is rope taking the place of a broken or missing piece in an item in a way that seems to embody or hint at a personified ghost. J possibly adding narrative to what the object signifies to him from his past, or adding his own imagined explanation to what the objects might of meant to someone who once cared for those treasured heirlooms.