Strong Paintings: Works By Freda Coffing Tschumy


Bakehouse Art Complex | Audrey Love Gallery
September 9 – October 21, 2016
Opening Reception: September 9, 2016 from 7 – 10PM

In this comprehensive survey of the work by local sculptor and professor, Freda Coffing Tschumy, the focus is put on the gestural, painterly quality of the artist’s explorations that result in two and three dimensional objects. When creating the wax models to cast her bronze and resin works, Tschumy introduces air or water pressure into the hot wax; she pours the wax into the interior of a cold, salty water whirlpool; or she plunges it into a container of cold water. The constant exploration of the laws of physics, and of the classical casting process gives her pieces great dynamism and movement, prompting us to rediscover the materials and the energy that shapes them. Awed by the consistency of the patterns, shapes, and matter in the Universe, she says: “maybe in my next life I will be an astronomer.”

With a broad education that includes painting, drawing, stone carving and bronce casting, as well as art history, English and religion, Tschumy has developed a strong teaching career alongside her studio practice. In 1991, she became the Foundry Director at the University of Miami where she helped start Art After Dark and taught Bronze Casting in that program. Along with other fellow artists, she started The Foundry Guild. In 2004, she was asked to help start the foundry at ArtSouth in Homestead, and four years later she joined the Foundry at Miami Dade College/Kendall as an adjunct professor. Although retired from teaching, she is still affiliated with MDC.

Since 1974, Tschumy has widely exhibited her work nationally. Her public artwork is currently on view at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and at the University of Miami Metro Stop, while it is also collected by the FIU Wolfsonian Museum, Vassar College, Count and Countess Fernando Pecci-Blunt, Taffy Gould and the Canadian Postal Museum.

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