Joel Fremion: Fabric of the Midwest
October 20 – December 23, 2023
A solo exhibition of landscape, portrait and still life “Fabric Paintings” that utilize the artist’s unique process of fiber collage
20 North Gallery presents a solo exhibition of unique and intricate fabric collages by Indiana-based artist Joel A. Fremion. The exhibit comprises portraits, still life and midwestern landscapes, including two brand-new Downtown Toledo scenes. An example of his commissioned work also forms part of the exhibition.
The exhibit will open with a free, Public Reception on Friday, October 20, 2023 from 6 – 9 p.m.
The exhibit continues through December 23, 2023.
With a background in painting, architecture and interior design, Fremion has developed his own tactile technique of combining fabric, leather and paint into remarkable fine artworks that capture the spirit and culture of the Midwestern United States. His innovative compositions of varied fiber media and use of applied color create complex “Fabric Paintings” that truly must be seen to be believed. Best appreciated in person, Fremion’s fabric collage artworks have a surface quality that is impressively sculptural.
Joel A. Fremion (Ossian, Indiana) studied art and design at Indiana University Bloomington and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Indiana), in addition to studying architectural and interior design at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana). His work forms part of multiple permanent, public collections of institutions such as Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis), Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Indiana), The Haan Museum of Indiana Art (Lafayette, Indiana), Midwest Museum of American Art (Elkhart, Indiana), as well as private and corporate collections in Indiana, Wisconsin and Florida. Fremion’s fabric collages have received recognition and numerous juried honors at art institutions and juried festivals including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Midwest Museum of American Art, the annual Hoosier Art Salon (Indiana State Museum), Carmel International Arts Festival (Carmel, Indiana), as well as the annual Crosby Festival of the Arts (Toledo Botanical Garden, Ohio) at which he was awarded Best of Show in 2021.