Senior opens exhibit in Exit Gallery

“Some Shed” actually isn’t just any shed — it’s the centerpiece of the latest exhibit in the Exit Gallery. Dripping with black shingles and layered with artistic depth, the shed was constructed by art student Abbey Freed as part of her senior thesis. The shed is open for interested audiences to explore.

“I think I’ve always been really drawn to the idea that artists can choreograph spaces, or choreograph the way people move through spaces,” Freed said. “So that’s why I wanted to build an object that asks the viewer to investigate it.”

Freed is a graduating studio art major, double-focusing in painting and sculpture. Though art has always been a big part of her life, she initially transferred to MSU three years ago as a nutrition major, but ultimately switched into art after realizing how much she missed it. Having previously shown work related to storage in other settings, her exhibit in the Exit Gallery is the culmination of — not only her education — but also her focus on objects used for “stowing and storage.”

“Somehow the idea of a shed — or the word ‘shed’ — popped into my head, and I started looking at the etymology of that word, and I became fixated on it,” Freed said. Though she initially doubted her ability to construct an object of that scale, Freed realized she couldn’t let it go. So she went for it, and “Some Shed” was born.

The exhibit features a combination of installation-based media, as well as some 2-D work. For her thesis, Freed really wanted to “marry painting and drawing” and incorporate sculpture into that, as well, in addition to exploring the ideas of “loss and melancholia.” She thought of the initial concept in May and began construction at the start of the semester.

The project differs from Freed’s previous work revolving around storage in the sense that this exhibit deals with an empty space, whereas her other work has dealt with storage in a “very specific way.” She also stressed that, within this exhibit, there is a heavy emphasis on viewer interaction.

“I hope that [viewers] walk away with any type of experience that they can reflect on based on the atmosphere I created,” Freed said. “Hopefully the atmospheric shift that takes place between the exterior and the interior of the space elicits some sort of experience for them.”

Abbey Freed will be hosting a reception in The Exit Gallery in SUB 212 on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Her exhibit will be in the Exit Gallery until Dec. 4.