Freddy Chandra was born in 1979 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and currently lives and works in Oakland, CA. He obtained an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in 2004, as well as B.A. degrees in architecture and art practice from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002.
We first saw Chandra's work at the Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space in Sausalito CA. He incorporated time and light-based installation with these three-dimensional wall-based "drawings" using graphite and transparent resin. We were struck by the consistency and poignancy of his vision. In his own words,
I make site-specific installations and wall-based compositions. Each installation is an immersive environment constructed as a place that encourages sensory understanding of physical space and temporal duration. My wall-based compositions suggest a contingency in the rhythmic act of marking space and shifts that occur in our experience of time.
My work considers a viewer’s movement in space, sight both peripheral and focal, and sometimes sound to construct a personal experience of place. This experience highlights the passage from a viewer’s immediate and un-named sensing of a given event to the process of making sense of this encounter.
The works drew much attention at the recent Flow Art Fair in Miami.