Untitled, chess set
Untitled, chess set
Untitled, chess set

About Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman’s sculpture is recognizable for its highly inventive and idiosyncratic use of materials like Styrofoam, foil, paper, clay, wire, plastic, hair, and fuzz. Working autobiographically, Friedman uses painstaking, labor-intensive methods to recreate seemingly random elements from his life. In each piece, he pays obsessive attention to detail, particularly in the replication of the objects that surround him. In Untitled (Bouquet) (2010), random objects appear to balance precariously on top of a studio crate, but the crate is actually made from Styrofoam and painted to look like a crate. “Art, for me, is a context to slow the viewer’s experience from their everyday life in order to think about things they haven’t thought about,” Friedman explains. “Or to think in a new way.”

American, b. 1965, St. Louis, Missouri, based in Leverett, Massachusetts

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2013
The Art of Chess, NextLevel Galerie, Paris