Artist Combines Paintings Found in Flea Markets to Form Extraordinary Fictional Landscapes
Artist J.Frede's creative journey begins at a local flea market. He explores each emporium of interesting objects in search of your average landscape painting. The artist then takes these common canvases and reconstructs them into something that's impressively unique. By placing the works side-by-side and aligning them in an abstract, varied fashion, the artist manages to create new landscapes that span across decades and locations. J.Frede explains, "Arranging these into new landscapes that never existed speaks to the stitching together of human behavior and how we relate to time and the past: How many people have stopped at that rest stop and taken nearly the same photo of the plain hillside? All locking their own associations into the view, first road trip with a new love; last road trip to see grandma; one of many road trips alone."
"The visual of how well the lands meet and continue also creates a dialog about how the land beneath our feet is connected to the land beneath our loved ones feet possibly thousands of miles away," the creative states. "Furthermore, it can be argued that all of the land is connected beneath all of our feet spanning continents and beyond where the divisions are not humanly perceivable. One constant line drawn below us around the globe and back to us, with a center meeting point just under our shoes in which ever direction you choose to face."
Though this particular series is entitled The Fiction Landscapes, the concept is anything but fictional. The idea behind J.Frede's work realistically views humanity as one enormous community.