A dystopian future in the form of a drinks kiosk where the staples such as coffee, teas, juices, chocolate etc are no longer available due to pollinator decline.
My first collaboration with Max Fraser - the mobile drinks kiosk acts as an exhibition display, with artworks painted in pollen by me and a take-away pamphlet written by Max, detailing the importance of insect pollinators for our collective future on this planet.
Commissioned by Kew Gardens for the Food Forever summer festival, before making its way to Groundswell festival.
Sudden summers and broken patterns
Each spring whilst growing my hair and beard for three months I totally immerse myself in William and May Morris’s life and work - attempting to ‘become’ Morris, making new works which are shared to celebrate the Morris’s Birthdays on the 24/25th March.
This year I will use my 3 month Morris-anuary vigil to look at how art and culture can support environmental and social change through the lens of Morris. We'll celebrate nature, unpick human progress and explore 'ecosocialism'.
Freddie uses a hi-resolution scanner to ‘photograph’ plants and flowers at night - creating huge highly detailed images, which are defined by the limited technology of the scanner and the natural ‘arrangement’ of the plant.
Founded by Freddie in January 2018, when he started hosting plant-based food events for artists and experts. The collective includes Cultural Comms consultant Kiran Gill, Architect Eddie Blake.
Popeye Collective creates conversations over food. We want to be a catalyst for new culture inspired by Plant-based food systems.
On that fearful day
Filmed on the morning of 31st March 2021, a year after the beginning of the first Lockdown, when 126,968 people had died of COVID in the UK.
Set to Jocelyn Pook's magical and haunting 'Libera me' and filmed in Abney Park Cemetery, one of Londons 7 great cemeteries and a place I spent hundreds of hours watching the seasons pass and taking refuge with my family over the past year.
I was sad, confused, anxious and angry when I shot this - the beginning of 2021 was dark and horrible. But it was quite restorative to edit and re find all the beauty of spring amongst the graves, not to mention the rainbows.
Watch Freddie talk about 'Signs of Life 2.020'
Signs of Life 2.020
A new 2020 edition of Freddie's reactive digital fire exit sign.
Edition of 20 + 2AP - contact Gallery FUMI
The original Signs of Life, produced in 2009 for Gallery FUMI, is in the permanent collection at MoMA in New York.