On view through March 17, Luhring Augustine presents an exhibition of new work by American artist Tom Friedman. New Work is Friedman’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, and his first in New York since 2005.
This exhibition features sculptures and works on paper, in a wide range of materials, scales and genres. The works include a new self-portrait, a still-life sculpture, abstract wall works, text drawings and a new large-scale stainless steel sculpture.
Many works explore the ideas of technology through an analog lens, such as a life-size video camera hand-crafted from wood and paint, an antiquated television screen with a pixelated pattern made of tiny paint tiles and a handmade wall collage that mimics a high-tech flat screen. Other works grapple with the challenges of the artistic process itself.
Tom Friedman lives and works in Massachusetts. He is known for his meticulously crafted sculptures and works on paper that examine the intersection of the ordinary and the monstrous. His work skews perception and overturns expectations as the viewer perceives the line between illusion and reality.
Friedman has had numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; the Fondazione Prada, Milan; and the South London Gallery.
“My creative process fluctuates between an open system and closed system approach. I would characterize this new body of work as one that follows a more closed system, with ideas that are more compressed. For me, every piece has been an evolution of surprises and will continue to be until completion.” - Tom Friedman
Luhring Augustine is located at 531 West 24th Street, New York, NY. For more information, call 212.206.9100 or visit their website.
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