Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tom Friedman’s Untitles

Untitled after Tom Friedman Play Doh, 1997

Blood money

After untitled

Genesis after Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman the writes the Solomon R. Guggenheim creates sculptures out of everyday materials. Since 1990 he has worked with such commonplace household items as toothpaste, cubes of sugar, cereal boxes, Pepto-Bismol, and Life Savers. With painstakingly labor-intensive and time-consuming craftsmanship, Friedman transforms these modest resources into delicate, whimsical, and uncanny objects, ranging from self-portraits to abstract geometric configurations.

A cup of sait after Tom Friedman

The Devil' nest

The Devil' nest II

The Devil' nest III

These series of art installations were ominous, I considered "The Devil's Nest" satanic in nature. The portrait is the devil, Lucifer. Three toilet rolls were used to represent the goat's bull horn and chin. The question is why? Is there an underlining connection with Friedman's whimsical pieces? The gallery space was fumigated. The work was dismantled, trashed and the cocoyea ribs burnt.

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