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Terri Friedman

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

In her second solo show at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Terri Friedman continued her exploration of fluidity as subject matter, subtext, and material property in a group of new paintings in transparent or translucent acrylic poured onto Plexiglas surfaces. Friedman’s paintings descend from unusual precursors: Janet Sobel and Knud Merrild, who, in 1940s New York and Los Angeles, respectively, prefigured action-oriented uses of liquid paint media with more delicate experiments in mingling and controlling the movement of the material.

Like Merrild’s “flux” paintings, Friedman’s pictures deal in swirling colors, and in using the flow of one deposit of paint to affect the flow of another. The results are images that, though fixed, feel perpetually nascent. Friedman’s works are also fascinating documents of process. We see how material competes and collaborates to give rise to an image, and, in looking,

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