Creative Quarantine: Artist Beverly Fre$h

Portrait of Beverly Fre$h | Digital Photograph | © Lyndon French

1. How are you holding up?

Little over a month ago, I started waking up at 6:06 each morning, shotgunning a beer I keep on the windowsill, and then spending an hour and ten minutes lifting weights and listening to Billy Joel as quiet as I can in the back room. Just before supper time, I host a talk show from out our front window for some of the senior citizens across the street and people walking by. I got a big LED ticker that has prompts for people to answer and you can see it from the street. A lot of times we can’t hear what we are saying to each other but I think it’s ok

A Photo of Me and My Friend, Mike © Photo by Lyndon French

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

It’s really hard to work now. We have a 5.5-year-old son who is not at daycare because of the virus so there is no real dedicated time to work, so I work in short bursts whenever possible.

My Son On A Zoom Meeting © Beverly Fre$h

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?

Hell no! The talk show thing is fun for now but this kind of thing the novelty wears after a while. If I work really late I’ll go out for a quick stroll through the neighborhood before bed to clear my head. I’ve been reciting poems about the moon or for the moon I guess.

The one the other night was something like this:

Hey Moon

You got a doily on you Moon

You gettin’ set up for a pretty party aren’t you moon

Yeah Moon

Also a few quarantine spec!al projects I’m involved with that people can check out are:

Bathtub Songs
My crew the WILD AMERICAN DOGS opened up a free stream of our experimental feature film for people to enjoy as an alternative to what’s in their algorithm.

Watch it at or here:

BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities from Sawbuck Productions, Inc. on Vimeo.

We also did a live zoom screening with behind the scenes commentary from cast and crew and q&a from the audience. You can watch it here:

At the end of this month, I’ll be a guest host for a special episode of WEIRD RAP, a new podcast dedicated to experimental rap music and I’ll be interviewing Jason ‘Nosaj’ Furlow.

Here is some content related to that:
Last Man Standing single

Steel Tipped Dove

Detail from Really Somethin’ Else exhibit at DePaul Art Museum, 2018 © Photo by Travis Roozee

4. Of the artists you follow, who is handling this particularly well?

It seems like the wealthy artists are always doing great. Maybe the best inventive use of the situation is the stuff this guy I follow on Facebook does like live streams of his cassette collection of tapes made in Flint, MI. or this lady who does wheelchair lap dances in her garage. She has the feet all the way extended then wears two pool noodles strapped to her legs to keep people at a good distance, and incorporates that into her routine. There is always some creative stuff happening here and there.

Sweet P, During a Performance, DePaul Art Museum, Really Somethin’ Else Exhibit, 2018 © Photo by Lyndon French

Installation Shot, Really Somethin’ Else Exhibit, DePaul Art Museum, 2018 © Photo by Travis Roozee

Video Stills, Really Somethin’ Else Exhibit, DePaul Art Museum, 2018 © Beverly Fre$h

Me Swimming © Photo by Lyndon French

Beverly Fresh was born on a cold winter afternoon in Port Huron Michigan. His work for the past ten years has been dedicated to the rural Midwest.

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