j.frede : Live At Trans Pecos

Drawn At Sea

I have been invited to sail the Northern Isles of Scotland as an Artist in Residence aboard the ship Selkie as part of The Clipperton Project. While aboard the ship I will be making drawings using the motion of the sea with a simple Drawing Machine I have designed. Inspired and influenced by the Harmonograph Drawing Machines of the 1800’s, I am making a tray that will move at will contained inside a larger box. As the ship heels and bobs the tray and paper will move side to side, back and forth recording the sea’s movement as a drawing. Each drawing will last for 24 hours at which time I will change out the paper and a new drawing will begin. In the end there will be a log of the ships motion for everyday I am aboard. 

Along with the Drawing Machine I will also be keeping a daily journal, taking photographs and making videos of the expedition. These journals and images as well as photographs of the drawings made will be published as regularly as possible to my blog on The Huffington Post. Allowing all of my friends, family and everyone who finds romance in the open sea to follow along on the journey. 

I have launched a Kickstarter to help raise the funds to complete the proper version of the Drawing Machine and with the other expenses that occur on such a voyage. 


j.frede : Live at Trans Pecos - 6.26.14


I will be playing my first live set in many moons next week at Trans Pecos in Queens, NY. I will be processing a field recording made inside the lens housing of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse of the lens’ original clockwork in motion.

Trans Pecos
915 Wyckoff St. (Halsey L Train Stop)
8pm - $7

Thursday, June 26 2014

Sick Feeling
Anxiety death rock outta NYC

twee rock from SF

Certain Creatures
Brooklyn based experimental techno

On a Clear Day 
Ambient cut-up modular electronics

J. Frede 
Los Angeles conceptual sound artist

event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/662673787119073/


Joy Syringe : A Group Show - 321 Gallery, NYC

June 28 – August 2, 2014 | Opening Reception: June 28th 

321 Gallery - 321 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205

Rheims Alkadhi 
Nancy Barton
Sofi Brazzeal
Taro Masushio
Antje Rieck

Curated by Joseph Imhauser.

Joy Syringe is a Pollination show of the London Biennale.

For the Joy Syringe exhibition I will be presenting my “After Malevich” works consisting of the finished photograph printed and mounted to the exact dimensions of the original Black Square painting as well as the complete Action video of its creation. 

More information about the work I am showing can be found here:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jfrede/ncca-kronstadt….

Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/613840608712409/

THE HOT 100 Benefit Auction - the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation

THE HOT 100 features 100 top, international, emerging artists with artworks priced under $10,000. Proceeds from THE HOT 100 auction will go to environmental and humanitarian charities supported by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, aimed at raising awareness for climate change and environmental issues, dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.


j.frede : Fiction Landscape no.06 - 2013

My work available for purchase in the auction is Fiction Landscape no.06

more about this series here: 
The Fiction Landscapes are a continuation in my interest in memories, both secure and lost within objects, which I first addressed with my Heirlooms body of work in 2012. The Fiction Landscapes are made with banal photographs of landscapes I purchase at flea markets then arranging them into new landscapes by aligning in such a way that the scene continues from photo to photo spanning wide geographic locations and decades. I feel that with a photograph that is lacking a focal point such as a family member or specific location IE: the destination of the trip, then the photo is something of a placeholder for what was happening in the photographers life at that moment. For instance that point and shoot photo of a hill side on a road trip, which we have all taken at some point, will call back the trip as a whole and memories of the trip or that time in your life that are completely unassociated with the uninteresting and un related hillside that happened to fly past you as you rode in the car or stopped at a rest stop. Once these photos with no discernable direction have found themselves in a bin at the flea market these ambiguous photographs and their secret associations with memories are lost forever. 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.

Booming Dunes : a study in thirty five parts

Booming Dunes : a study in thirty five parts

j.frede : Kelso Dunes - March 28 2014 - no.01 from j.frede on Vimeo.

more on this project can be seen here : http://www.jfrede.com/booming_kelso.html

Reductions and Portraits

An essay on my Reductions series is up on the Huffington Post. 

"Time is both incredibly reliable and very predictable. Our sense of its measure depends on what we happen to be aligning on either end. Byproducts of our sense of time are eternity and the temporary, both, like the idea of time itself, are just ways for us to try and understand what is happening around us.

A mountain range feels eternal, but in reality has not been around long in the sense of the earth’s creation and likely will not be here at some point as the earth continues to churn, shift and fold like a grandmother wringing her hands in habit. The super continent Pangaea certainly would have felt like a landmass so great and impenetrable that its time was endless, but in reality even Pangaea was temporary and faced mortality through its breaking up. These life cycles or time frames of existence run harmoniously side-by-side: from insects that only live a few days, to humans, to the mountain ranges in a continuation, either in form or formlessness depending on their fate.

The Reductions series comes out of my interest in the end, represented in this case by the discarding of utilitarian objects that at some point were cherished or at least appreciated for their abilities while used daily. Their demise or changing of hands is a mystery in most instances, as many seem fully functional albeit visually worn. We can’t know if they were replaced by a newer version of themselves, smaller, bigger, or if their owners had merely eliminated a need the pieces had previously addressed.

read the complete essay at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jfrede/reductions-and-portraits_b_4981722.html

j.frede & Joshua Petker : Support Systems

March 23 – April 27, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7–10PM

(https://www.facebook.com/events/1400676130197984/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular )


2A Gallery is very pleased to present a two-person show of work by j.frede & Joshua Petker entitled Support Systems opening Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 7–10PM and running through April 27, 2014. This exhibition combines Reductions sculptures by j.frede and paintings of chairs from artist Joshua Petker, as well as a collaborative work that combines their two practices.

It can be argued that an object’s worth is dependent on desire, and its value varies depending on its perceived desirability. In the most basic sense, objects have utilitarian and aesthetic components. The weight of either of these components is also variable, but it’s safe to say that function and appearance are key to the value of an object. When either of these attributes fades, the object moves towards its end. 

The works in Support Systems exemplify ways structures we rely on for support often break down. Sometimes the progression of failure is slow; cracks appear and seams begin to separate. Objects made by man to make life easier or more comfortable – some cherished as valuable, some overlooked for decades, many used daily to assist us – often have the shortest lifespan. As we try to force these structures back together they continue a path towards an ultimate end, and without intervention the final result will indeed be this end. Taken as metaphor, the works by j.frede and Petker speak to the greater themes of dejection and mortality.

j.frede was most recently an artist in residence at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Kronstadt, Russia, where he created a new body of work ranging from paintings and sculpture to drawings and video. His work has been presented in the United States and Europe at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Soundvision Gallery, Portland, OR; Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA; Ausland, Berlin; Machine Project, Los Angeles and Berkeley Art Museum.

Joshua Petker is currently an MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He received his BFA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA in 2002. He has had solo exhibitions at Shooting Gallery, San Francisco; LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CA; and Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles. He has also shown at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; Ré Écrire, Paris, France; Bristol City Museum, England; and White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 

2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a particularly unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.

Image: (Left) Joshua Petker, Chair on Blue, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches. (Right) j.frede, Blue, 2013. From the Reductions series.

Composition for Navigation (excerpt)