Tom Friedman - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York; Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Central to Friedman’s artistic mission is the transformation of the form and function of everyday materials… The role of colour in Friedman’s work is especially intriguing, if only because he demonstrates a strong predilection for bright hues and, whenever possible, a kaleidoscopic assortment of colours. This does not seem intended to merely amuse the eye but rather to assign an indexical dimension to colour, with the maximum number of colours referring to the greatest possible variety of experiences and objects in the world.”

    (Dan Cameron, online introduction to the exhibition Tom Friedman at The New Museum, New York, 2001)

  • 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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Untitled (T.V. Sprinkles)

Construction paper, foam board, wood, tin, LCD monitor and computer software with sound.
100 × 67 × 53 cm (39 3/8 × 26 3/8 × 20 7/8 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘Tom Friedman, Untitled, 2006’ on the artist’s Styrofoam box. This work is from an edition of 2.

£60,000 - 80,000 Ω

Sold for £73,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 October 2011