(b. 1981, Boston, Massachusetts; lives and works in New York, New York)
Venuses Balcony, 2020. Oil and acrylic on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Karma, New York
Venuses Balcony takes its title from Samuel R. Delany’s 1999 nonfiction classic Times Square Red, Times Square Blue. In a kind of eulogy for the Times Square red-light district of the 1970s and 80s, Delany theorizes the nature of interclass contact. The Venus—whose balcony figures prominently throughout Delany’s first-person account—was one of many iconic theaters lost to gentrification. Painted in oil and acrylic on linen, Venuses Balcony captures the vibrant, bustling character of social relations in New York.
Marley Freeman is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.