Tom Friedman relentlessly invents intricate objects out of a range of household materials, such as Styrofoam, masking tape, pencils, toilet paper, spaghetti, toothpicks and bubble gum. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted, beautiful and playful. It connects to 1960s Conceptualism and Minimalism, although Friedman's vision and working method goes beyond these historical precedents, creating his own unique visual language.
Friedman's ability to transform common objects into something new enables him to elevate the ordinary to the status of art. In this exhibition of sixteen new works, an interest in process and material continues to be a consistent point of departure for the artist. For example, Friedman has created four Lucky Charm cereal boxes by deconstructing a single Lucky Charm box. Also included in the show is a vertical construction of consumer products with cut outs of famous faces and a vertical colour graded column of ordinary drinking cups stacked elegantly with pleasing precision. All of these works are informed by a centred internal logic that reveals the tacit systems at work in our daily lives through which we funnel our physical and mental realities. By investigating the relationship between the everyday and the art experience, Friedman's art offers indispensable insights into new ways in which to view the world.
Solo exhibitions of Tom Friedman's work have been held at the museum of Modern Art, New York, 1995; the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2000-2002; Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, 2000; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Southeastern Centre for