Tom Friedman - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

  • Exhibited

    Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery, Tom Friedman, 24 October - 9 December, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    American artist Tom Friedman's artistic career has spawned from his prolific thinking and meticulous nature. His work borders the obsessive through its transformation of banal material into intricate magnifications of his complex thoughts. Friedman approaches material without prejudice and without reservation, his artistic sensitivity performs a pseudo-reincarnation of the material into a higher form yet remains sensitive to its origin. One is always acutely aware of the material and the transformative process that brought us to view it and consider it as art.
     A compulsive experimenter, Friedman does not shy away fromallowing his work to be informed by the previous.This in turnproduces a systematic development of fastidious and quirky thinking,resulting in a varied yet concise body. Friedman may seem to have awide scope of reference, as the appearance of each work seems tovacillate so greatly. However, his process is informed with set ideals,and fundamentally he is a phenomenologist whose systematicthinking has the ability to carry you away in its ephemeral natureand its ongoing experimentation.

  • Artist Biography

    Tom Friedman

    American • 1965

    Tom Friedman is a multimedia artist working mainly in sculpture and works-on-paper. Interested in looking at the thin line between fantasy and autobiography, Friedman often creates works that push viewers into a complicit state of witnessing. His sculptures are composed of a multitude of objects, and he assembles them in such a way as to transform the mundane into an intricate work of art. He combines materials such as Styrofoam, foil, paper, clay, wire, hair and fuzz through a labor-intensive practice that seeks to tell a story, whether about himself or the world at large.

    Friedman's approach to autobiography is not memoiristic. Rather, he takes the smallest moments of his life, like a piece of paper found on the street, and blows it out of proportion.

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Grey construction paper.
88.9 x 64.8 x 50.8 cm. (35 x 25 1/2 x 20 in).
Signed ‘Friedman' at the back of the tabletop.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm