Tom Friedman, Alien, 2018. Video projection, silent, dimensions variable. © Tom Friedman. Courtesy of the artist, Vistamarestudio, Luhring Augustine, and Stephen Friedman Gallery.
Ghosts and UFOs; Projections for Well-Lit Spaces
March 24–May 26, 2018
Viale Vittorio Veneto 30
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–2pm,
Vistamarestudio, a new exhibition space in Milan conceived by Lodovica Busiri Vici and Benedetta Spalletti, is pleased to present as its first show the exhibition Ghosts and UFOs; Projections for Well-Lit Spaces by Tom Friedman.
Designed by the New York studio Space4Architecture (S4A), the new gallery space is deliberately neutral, characterized by an architecture of great rigour and with no obstructed sightlines, which makes the artworks central.
The American artist, Tom Friedman, presents a series of works that mark a new beginning in his ongoing research into the dematerialization of the tangible object in relation to space and light. 13 video projections installed in a space illuminated by daylight appear empty and full, micro and macro, inviting the viewer to a new sensorial approach. The project was inspired by the artist’s observation of the way the sunlight shines through the windows at different times of the day. Each work is in loop with a different duration. We pass from static silence and stillness to the appearance of objects, colours and figures, which, like hallucinations, confuse and fuse the viewers with the surroundings. Tom Friedman thus expands his visual vocabulary and continues the investigation of the phenomena of experience that overturns our awareness of the visible.
Tom Friedman is an American conceptual artist, born in Saint Louis (1965), Missouri. He lives and works in Massachusetts. The starting point for his research is a uniquely idiosyncratic approach combined with the use of everyday materials and objects, such as styrofoam, pencils, paper, spaghetti and plastic cups, exploring the relationship between the making of art and the psychology of our perception of art. Like a scientist studying empirical and non-empirical phenomena and an object’s infinite references, Friedman analyses its imperceptible transformations. His work has been exhibited all over the world: The Museum of Modern Art, Moma, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Fondazione Prada, Milan; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; South London Gallery; Mead Art Museum and numerous other institutions.