Freemantle thinks outside the box in latest exhibition

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on September 11, 2020

ALBANY historian and artist Harry Freemantle’s new art display is a dedication to the psychology of the miniature combined with a Renaissance flavour.

Shadow Box is on display now at Vancouver Arts Centre until September 18 and features several different ‘shadow boxes’, similar to dioramas.

Freemantle said in creating the shadow boxes, he was exploring the idea of being happy in a small, intimate space, “with both possibility and constraint built in”.

“They are designed to hold the imagination within their confines, whilst not taking up a lot of physical room,” he said.

“The process of sourcing the materials, making the boxes and frames, and then thinking about the details that would carry the story, was meditative.

“The finished works have reduced me to silence.”

Some of the shadow boxes draw inspiration from Johann Georg Goethe’s Faust and 15th century Italian painter Giovani Di Paolo.

Others feature marionettes, pieces of a 50-year-old bonsai tree, tokens from Free- mantle’s childhood and original art creations.

Shadow Box is Freemantle’s second solo exhibition.