FRED FREE

fred free's work is about purposeful randomness, overlooked fragments, figments of imagination, invented memories, unidentification, disconnects, reconnects, edges, empty spaces, the eye of the beholder, hands, words, codes, lists, loss, love, humor, glue and paper. 

he was born in levittown new jersey, received degrees from risd, designed buildings, illustrated for tv shows, created fine art for a monk, software publisher and movie actor, has exhibited in galleries and alleys and a suburban mall, had his tradigital work showcased in the cut and paste issue of idn magazine, was included in the contemporary collage book, cutting edges, and was chosen for the feature article and covers of the inaugural issue of kolaj magazine. he is based in boston.



EDUCATION
bachelors degrees in fine arts + architecture / rhode island school of design / providence ri / 1981-86


WORK
artist + designer + illustrator / e5 / boston + brookline ma / 1990-present
designer / various architecture + design studios / philadelphia pa + providence ri + cambridge ma / 1983-1990


EXHIBITIONS + BOOK FAIRS
collage courage / egna it / 2018
semiosphera / museo del territorio e della cultura lagunare / cagnano varano it / 2018
santo palato / palazzo littorio / fidenza it / 2017
ny art book fair / MoMA PS1 / nyc / 2016
offprint london / tate modern / london uk / 2016
the weird show / la atómica / valladolid spain / 2016
the weird show / me & the curiosity / barcelona spain / 2016
imaginary portraits / en face / paris / 2015
&co / séries-graphiques / strasbourg france / 2015
free work / goose barnacle / nyc / 2014-15
abceum / offprint photobook fair / paris france / 2014
abceum / brighton photo biennial / brighton uk / 2014
papercuts / 5 walnut gallery / asheville nc / 2014
ny art book fair / MoMA PS1 / nyc / 2014
the weird show / invisible dog / nyc / 2014
la art book fair / la / 2014
bugs! / bpl / brookline ma / 2014
it's been surreal / gallery 6 PDX / portland oregon / 2013
ny art book fair / MoMA PS1 / nyc / 2013
ed ruscha - books + co / museum brandhorst / munich germany / 2013
serious double acts / marcus campbell art bookshop / london uk / 2013
ed ruscha - books + co / gagosian gallery / nyc / 2013
medley: a collage show / chicago urban art society / chicago / 2013
U of K art + design gallery / lawrence ks / 2013
a fair / la art book fair / la / 2013
ny art book fair / MoMA PS1 / nyc / 2012
offprint amsterdam / amsterdam the netherlands / 2012
ABCED / mews project space / london uk / 2012
offprint paris / paris france / 2012
from here on / the photomusuem / antwerp belgium / 2012
playing with a full deck / 12x16 gallery / portland oregon / 2012
the collage box / mileskm / london uk / 2012
meaning to glue / nightingale gallery / oregon / 2012
all that remains / ugly room @ picture farm / nyc / 2011
ny art book fair / MoMA PS1 / nyc / 2011
from here on / les rencontres d'arles / arles france / 2011
ABC exhibit / printed matter bookstore / nyc / 2011
stealing books / copeland market book fair / london uk / 2011
(BAM) pop-up gallery / brookline ma / 2011
guesswork / open studios / brookline ma / 2011
cirque de palette / brookline ma / 2011
BKOS preview show / hunneman hall / brookline ma / 2011
the people places things show / access gallery / brookline ma / 2011
offprint paris photobook fair / espace kiron / paris france / 2010
ny art book fair / MoMA PS1 / nyc / 2010 
london art book fair / whitechapel gallery / london uk / 2010
the architecture show / access gallery / brookline ma / 2010
the collage box #2 / galerieherzblut / braunschweig germany / 2010 
spectacular sights / galleri KG52 / stockholm sweden / 2010
paste-up 2010 / the all arts gallery / lowell ma / 2010
pictures and explanations / open studios / brookline ma / 2010
the first show / access gallery / brookline ma / 2010
art party / bac / brookline ma / 2007-10
the big show / hunneman hall / brookline ma / 2007-10
collage: provocation to painting / XI rooms gallery / samara russia / 2010 
current collage / two dots gallery / togliatti russia / 2009
cut & paste / galleri KG52 / stockholm sweden / 2009
free form / kookoo / brookline ma / 2009
pull here / open studios / brookline ma / 2009 
attempted gallery / brookline ma / 2007-09
the collage box / 12x16 gallery / portland oregon / 2008
21st century fund gala / brookline ma / 2008 
holonic art exhibit / southern ca / 2008
the little big show / ottawa canada / 2008
practical home decorating / open studios / brookline ma / 2008
old school / uppercase gallery / calgary canada / 2008
paste-up 2008 / ayer lofts gallery / lowell ma / 2008 
beyond the book / honan gallery / boston ma / 2008
light is essential / open studios / brookline ma / 2007


PUBLICATIONS
disrupting climate disruption / 2019
oltre magazine #2 / 2018
monuments and dust (introduction) / 2018
th ink / 2018
rapsodia magazine (interview) / 2017
kolaj magazine / 2016
the weird show barcelona / 2016
we shook hands and said hello / 2015
Z2A / 2015
mékanik copulaire #6 / 2014
kolaj magazine / 2014
the 22 magazine / 2014
serious double acts / 2013
mékanik copulaire #4 / 2012
kolaj magazine (interview) / 2012
cloth paper scissors magazine / 2012
cutting edges: contemporary collage / 2011
cloth paper scissors magazine / 2010 
cut + paste: collage put into action - the book (interview) / 2009 
studios magazine / 2009  
brookline tab (interview) / 2009 
redivider journal / 2009 
altered paper jewelry magazine / 2008
vain magazine / 2008
old school - the book / 2008
boston globe / 2008
boston globe / 2007
idn magazine - cut + paste issue (interview) / 2007


WEB FEATURES
beyond photography (interview) / 2019
edinburgh collage collective (interview) / 2019
toombes (interview) / 2017
the ekphrastic review / 2016
mutantspace / 2014
revista valise / 2014
world wide blog hop / 2014
stripes zine / 2014
plateform magazine / 2014
target practice / 2014
collage workshop / 2013
scopophilia exhibit / 2013
collage miniaturist / 2013
collagelab / 2013
the weird show / 2013
​número unico entartete kunst magazine #5 / 2013
transatlantic / 2012
collage workbook / 2012
reframing photography / 2012
oxane / 2012
an-itinerant-poet / 2012
omnimover / 2012
barefeet and beatnik / 2012
paints sunflowers like van gogh / 2012 
warhols little queen / 2012
the museum of future memory / 2012
W5RAN / 2012
feru feru / 2012
third eye socket / 2012
so it goes / 2012
the form of beauty / 2012
all that clutter / 2012
just another masterpiece / 2012
scrap the book / 2012
the casual optimist / 2012
flim-flam / 2012
hippocampus / 2011
collagemecrazy / 2011
TV / 2011
koi pond / 2011
nate love / 2011
realms / 2011
kunst/folk / 2011
l’atelier de la sardine / 2011
spine out / 2011
the form of beauty / 2011
one man's rubbish is another's art / 2011
the woods in between / 2011
archaic youngster / 2011
it's life and life only / 2011
sickman / 2011
ello lovely / 2011
whoa, nellie / 2011
oriental body and shame / 2011
blooming fabric / 2011
the book as studio as an idea as an object / 2011
vivre / 2011
wonderstate / 2011
colors of life / 2011
avec livres / 2011
orienteer.img / 2011
W5RAN / 2011
design observer / 2010
i feel asphalt / 2010
the part of his / 2010
suprbo / 2010
brookline patch / 2010
creative mojo / 2010
la belle vie design / 2010
joe kitsch / 2010
poppytalk / 2010
number of the day / 2010
my green screen / 2010
words and eggs / 2010
fita cola / 2010
drew-o-rama / 2010
inspirandom / 2010
escape into life / 2010
W5RAN / 2010
notpaper / 2010
reckon / 2010
dear ada / 2010
glossom / 2009
the next page / 2009
live from the studio / 2009
7ayr / 2009
omkonst / 2009
ghosts of the great highway / 2009
design radar / 2009
deviantart / 2009
bluebird studios / 2008
apartment therapy / 2008
inspiration lab / 2008
notpaper / 2008
andy / 2007
papersweets / 2007
wrongdistance / 2007
bug in the city / 2007
verdemelon / 2007
small is beautiful / 2007
art for housewives / 2007
burning violin / 2007
dear ada / 2006
evasèe / 2006
collagemania / 2006
the lumper / 2006
deviantart / 2005


GROUPS
ABC / 2009-2018
(BAM) / 2010-2012
the collage box / 2008-2012
collection of the collections / 2012-2015
happy spleen / 2006




FF
fredfree.com