ABOUT THE ARTIST

Growing relentlessly in the mind of Eric Freitas lies a realm of dark mechanical curiosities and horological contradictions. In this world gears are harvested and mechanisms are alive with the organic repetitions of nature’s machine. Balancing carefully between creative conception and logical execution, this world is slowly brought to life.

In 2004, Eric began to study the dying craft of clockmaking. His first collection of timepieces consisted of rusted, decayed and intricately cut steel, and utilized commercial clock motors. The work hung at a one-night show in downtown Detroit and garnered a positive response; half the work sold. Making the gears by hand seemed quite inconceivable at the time, but was the inevitable next step. With books ordered from England and used machines rescued from the auto industry, he began working on a fully mechanical weight-driven clock. Over a year later, his first piece had a pulse.

At the beginning of Eric’s career, clockwork was a vehicle for artistic expression. However over the years, his ability as a clockmaker improved to a level that holds up to the highest horological standards. Now, his work is not only visually interesting, but also very reliable and accurate. The strange shapes and nature-inspired motifs have been refined over the last 15 years, and many new mechanisms and techniques are now at his disposal. In addition, the size of his work now ranges from small wall-hung pieces to 7-foot-tall free-standing installations, featuring gears a foot in diameter. With every project, the boundaries of horology are tested to make way for a style never before seen in this very traditional world.

Eric Freitas grew up on a wooded dirt road near the small village of Chelsea, MI. He received a BFA in 1999 from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His work has hung in many venues across the globe, including the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, the Museum of the History of Science in the heart of Oxford, England, and the AFA gallery in SoHo, New York.  He currently lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he slowly works away in his humble workshop.