Al Freeman’s Soft Sculptures Take the Air Out of the Man Cave—See Them Here

Show of the Day: "Cushions" at 56 Henry in New York.

Al Freeman, Soft Hammer (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.
Al Freeman, Soft Hammer (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

AL FREEMAN

“Pillows”
56 Henry, New York
Through January 7, 2018

What the Gallery Says: “Variously depicting everyday objects, including a beer can; a black soda can; a human foot; a human head; a hammer; a LaserDisc; a lava lamp; and a paper toilet seat cover; the works exaggerate items typically associated with masculine household settings. The sculptures drain objects of their virility and invest them with humor, replacing rigid geometries with flaccid forms.”

Why It’s Worth a Look: Yale-trained and New York-based, the artist (b. 1981) has a witty, deflating touch.

What It Looks Like:

Al Freeman, <em>Soft Lava Lamp</em> (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Lava Lamp (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Soft Toilet Seat Cover, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Toilet Seat Cover (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Soft Solo Cup, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Solo Cup (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Man From Behind, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Man From Behind (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft LaserDisc, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft LaserDisc(2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Foot With Removed Tattoo, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Foot With Removed Tattoo(2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Energy Drink, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Energy Drink (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Chain, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Chain (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Beer, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Beer (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Chest, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Chest (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Not Hard Dick, 2017

Al Freeman, Not Hard Dick (2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.

Al Freeman, Soft Cigarette, 2017

Al Freeman, Soft Cigarette(2017). Image courtesy 56 Henry.


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