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Artist Tom Friedman to Speak in Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series

Posted 02/02/2012
Posted by David Isgur

Guest artist Tom Friedman, known for using common household materials such as aluminum foil, spaghetti, fishing line, hair, Styrofoam, and Play-Doh to create works that rearrange the viewer's perceptions of the everyday environment, will present a talk on Wednesday, Feb. 29, as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series. The program, which is presented by.the Hartford Art School’s sculpture department, will be held in the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Often humorous and always inventive, Friedman's work raises questions about the making and seeing of art. While his art is often linked to 1960s Conceptualism and Minimal art, Friedman invents his own visual language through his almost obsessive attentiveness to detail and his striking ability to transform the familiar into the unexpected.

The talk, which is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, and is made possible by The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund.

Friedman is known for transforming mundane materials into meticulously crafted works of art. His work is accessed easily by anyone, the entrance being a flippant level of humor that takes one into a deeper phenomenological discourse about art and life itself. He can seduce us into these deeper levels, or we can enjoy the artwork for its simple humor and beauty. His work, which is quirky and flawlessly executed, tends to defy categorization.

Friedman, who received his BFA at Washington University, St. Louis and his MFA at the University of Illinois, Chicago, has exhibited extensively in major museums throughout the world. His work has been showcased at South London Gallery, London; Fondazione Prada, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Saint Louis Art Museum; Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills and London; Magasin 3, Stockholm; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. In February, Friedman will be exhibiting at Luhring Augustine Gallery, his first solo exhibition in New York since 2005.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392 or