Freewheelin' Series: Print-based Photo Collages

The Freewheelin' series was on display in the Executive Lounge, Main Terminal, PTI Airport, Greensboro,NC. 2018-20
Part of the series was also exhibited  at Alamance Art Center, Yadkin Art Center and Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem. 

 (All square 20x20" Freewheelin' art works are shipped with no frame. Larger works are shipped with a thin metal frame and polystyrene glazing. Contact me for details. (Sizes are approximate. )

Artist Statement: Freewheelin’ Series: Print-based collages

Freewheeling: verb [ no obj.] “to ride a bicycle with the pedals at rest, especially downhill -- (usu. as adj. freewheeling) act without concern for rules, conventions, or the consequences of one's actions.

For my Freewheelin’ Series, I carved a small linocut, incorporating the striking linear design of bicycle spokes (1/4 wheel). Then using a hand baren, I printed the quarter section, 4”x4” square.

Hand-printed block Hand-carved lino-block plate

For the 21x21” works, I have combined 16 photo images of the printed square into each of the larger collages. The combinations are endless, and that is the magic of the series. The results may be symmetrical or truly “freewheeling.” Sometimes a completed wheel forms the center. Other times the wheel/spoke reference is almost lost entirely. For these, I have used one color, so the pattern becomes the focus. For other works in the series, I have varied the color combinations to illustrate the impact that makes on the overall result. And I have also arranged multiples of the 4” squares into longer spiral and linear shapes. For the rectangular images, I often use print images with a small border. This gives the effect of a window pane, allowing the larger image to take on a stained glass quality. As I mentioned, the possibilities are endless.

This exhibit shows variation of the theme in both color and design.
Note: all images are signed in such a way that they may be hung vertically or horizontally.




Lino block and 4"x4"photo of lino-cut print for collage
Lino block and 4"x4"photo of lino-cut print for collage

Artwork on Display (2018-2019) at PTI airport, Greensboro, NC
Artwork on Display (2018-2019) at PTI airport, Greensboro, NC

1Freewheelin'  One (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
1Freewheelin' One (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
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2 Freewheelin'  Two (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
2 Freewheelin' Two (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
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3 Freewheelin' Three (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
3 Freewheelin' Three (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
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4 Freewheelin'  Four (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
4 Freewheelin' Four (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
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5 Freewheelin' Five (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
5 Freewheelin' Five (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
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6 Freewheelin'  Six (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
6 Freewheelin' Six (Green 4 sq x4 sqs)
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7 Freewheelin' Seven (Blue 4 sq x4 sqs)
7 Freewheelin' Seven (Blue 4 sq x4 sqs)
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8 Freewheelin' Eight (Blue 4 sq x4 sqs)
8 Freewheelin' Eight (Blue 4 sq x4 sqs)
(sold)

9 Freewheelin' TEN (Blue 4sqx4sq)
9 Freewheelin' TEN (Blue 4sqx4sq)
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10 Freewheelin' NINE (Blue 4x4)
10 Freewheelin' NINE (Blue 4x4)
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13 Freewheelin' THIRTEEN (Red/blue 4sqx5sq)
13 Freewheelin' THIRTEEN (Red/blue 4sqx5sq)
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14 Freewheelin' FOURTEEN (yellow/blue 4sqx5sq/18x24)
14 Freewheelin' FOURTEEN (yellow/blue 4sqx5sq/18x24)
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15 Freewheelin' FIFTEEN (red, yellow,blue 5x4 sq)
15 Freewheelin' FIFTEEN (red, yellow,blue 5x4 sq)
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16 Freewheelin' 16 (4x5)
16 Freewheelin' 16 (4x5)

19 Freewheelin' NINETEEN  (green/yellow 6X4)
19 Freewheelin' NINETEEN (green/yellow 6X4)
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21 Freewheelin' TWENTY ONE (blue-green 4x6 sqs)
21 Freewheelin' TWENTY ONE (blue-green 4x6 sqs)
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22 Freewheelin'  TWENTY TWO
22 Freewheelin' TWENTY TWO

23 Freewheelin' TWENTY THREE
23 Freewheelin' TWENTY THREE
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24 Freewheelin' TWENTY FOUR (red/blue 4x6 squares), Benton
24 Freewheelin' TWENTY FOUR (red/blue 4x6 squares), Benton
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25 Freewheelin' TWENTY FIVE (red/green 4x6 sq)
25 Freewheelin' TWENTY FIVE (red/green 4x6 sq)
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26 Freewheelin' TWENTY SIX (yellow/green 4x6)
26 Freewheelin' TWENTY SIX (yellow/green 4x6)
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27 Freewheelin' TWENTY SEVEN
27 Freewheelin' TWENTY SEVEN
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28TWENTY eight  4x6
28TWENTY eight 4x6
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30 Freewheelin  3x5 _Currently at Red Dog Gallery, Winston Salem
30 Freewheelin 3x5 _Currently at Red Dog Gallery, Winston Salem
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r31 Freewheelin  3x5, Currently at Red Dog Gallery, Winston Salem
r31 Freewheelin 3x5, Currently at Red Dog Gallery, Winston Salem
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32 Freewheelin  3x5, Currently at Red Dog Gallery, Winston Salem
32 Freewheelin 3x5, Currently at Red Dog Gallery, Winston Salem
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34 Freewheelin' (red)
34 Freewheelin' (red)
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35 Freewheelin (6x8)  (currently at the Benton Convention Center W-S)
35 Freewheelin (6x8) (currently at the Benton Convention Center W-S)
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