Under the Mattress By Billy Frey
303 10th Ave. (between 27th & 28th St.) New York, NY
August 2 – 25
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2, 5:30 – 8pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm Sunday, 12 – 4pm
Under the Mattress is a solo exhibition of works by Billy Frey. The collages are done by hand using original vintage materials and imagery, primarily from magazines fromt he 1930’s to the 80’s. With bold and often complex patterns of re-appropriated images, he offers us tales that are humorous, dark disturbing, playful, perverse, and fantastical. Frey is heavily influenced by classic film, comic book art, cartoons, surrealist film and literature. The collages represent a fusion of times past and present, creating an environment where time is non-linear. Within our minds, it is happening all at once. A place where the 30’s and the 60’s can do a dance together, unaware of the fact that time has already come and gone.
Artists Bio: Billy Frey is a self-taught artist with a background in fine art framing in San Francisco and a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. Upon leaving San Francisco in 2009, Frey resumed his passion for collecting vintage magazines from the 1930’s to 80’s, with a particular focus on advertisements from the 1960’s. This passion translates to his work, where he sources the materials from his collection. Frey currently lives in Brooklyn.