Retreat Center

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Torpedo Press

Retreat Center
Jan Freuchen

228 pages
20 cm x 23 cm
ISBN: 978-82-997318-2-9

Retreat Center is an eclectic collection of recent collages, paintings, photographs, sculptures and sketches by Jan Freuchen. The publication also contains three short texts, written by Freuchen – “Desire Lines”, “Amorphous Beings” and “The Island” – offering alternative takes on the genealogy of drawing, sculpture and installation. Many of the works involve some kind of rigid and unbending structure that is confronted with an expressive gesture; the conventional structures that surround us in our everyday lives encounter a seemingly intuitive, free phenomenon. The works appear as a series of questions posed in a repetitive and almost manic way in an attempt to unite these conflicting idioms. Traditionally, the expressive gesture has been perceived as a liberating reaction to a constricted form. In Freuchen’s works, the “free line” appears equally constrained and obsessive as the controlled, geometric structures – bridging the brush stroke with the Nike swoosh.

All images and texts by Jan Freuchen
Text edited by Melissa Gronlund
2010