Designer and Artist
Neil Freese is an artist, designer, amateur home barista, problem solver, and prolific doer of things.
Neil specializes in working with individuals, non-profits, and small businesses to assess, plan, and execute their marketing needs, including logo and brand design; layout of print collateral; visual design and user experience design for the web; and social media strategy.
TORNADO NO. 1
Collaborative installation with fellow Bay Area artists Perry E. Schanley and Emilee Turner for the group exhibition, "Into a Billion Pieces," at Classic Cars West Gallery, which opened on April 5, 2013.
To "tell a yarn" or "to spin a yarn" are old phrases referring to not only the telling of a story but to the construction of a tale. Storytelling pushes and pulls a narrative into being, creating an art form revolving around the relationship between the teller and the audience. Storytellers and audiences become co-conspirators, dependent on one another. The teller teases the threads of meaning and the audience then has a fabrication of spun yarn. As is the nature of yarn, it is not heavy, but light, not passively received but surely without a definitive interpretation. This installation is about sending viewers down a path.
This visual story intertwines the beauty of color and the destructive force of nature. Yarn is particularly interesting semantically, as it describes both thread and story. Both are interwoven, the thread with itself and the story with disparate parts from the outside. Tornados reflect upheavals and sudden changes; a symbolic and literal unravelling of an existing and often comforting old order.
Check out this clip to see how we made it: