SALT LAKE CITY —Utah Arts & Museums announces Inside: Out, a solo exhibition by artist Lindsay Frei on view at the Alice Gallery from Nov. 20, 2015 through Jan. 15, 2016. A public reception will be held on Dec. 4 from 6 – 9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inside: Out explores decorative items – such as clothing and tattoos – and how they mediate our psychological existence. These full scale figural paintings portray the vulnerability of exposing yourself to people, both literally and psychologically. Lindsay Frei paints subjects that seem caught in states of undress. In many of her paintings, it is unclear if the figure is in the act of dressing or undressing. Frei refers to these as “moments of contingency” and feels there is an inherent vibrancy in the uncertain outcome. We call into question whether the subjects are revealing or concealing themselves. There is an inherently seductive connotation to the act of undressing, and the history of art is replete with examples of the artist’s voyeuristic gaze. Frei’s work, however, is akin to an artist investigation in which the forms and psychological implications of clothing are conflated.
Additionally, Frei makes a conscious decision not to use professional models. “They are often friends who are experiencing a very real sense of vulnerability as they model,” says the artist. “For them, modeling is an act of courage that often displays a sense of human dignity that I believe creates a very personal sense of beauty. Ultimately, these paintings are about the movement inherent in the act of making the choice to reveal or conceal ourselves, and I believe this kind of intimacy is even more private than simply seeing a person naked.”