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Tom Friedman, Blue Styrofoam Seascape, 2014, paint, Styrofoam, 45 3/8 × 63 1/2".

Tom Friedman

Luhring Augustine | Bushwick

Tom Friedman, Blue Styrofoam Seascape, 2014, paint, Styrofoam, 45 3/8 × 63 1/2".

Tom Friedman tells a story about hitting a creative dry patch back in grad school: Feeling stuck and out of ideas, he decided to completely empty his studio, wall off the windows, and paint the room totally white, from floor to ceiling. This evacuation complete, he began bringing objects and materials into the space, one at a time, to focus on a kind of Cagean project of close, sustained attention to the material conditions of individual artifacts and substances.

Across his twenty-five-year career, Friedman has steadily filled up the epiphanic physical and theoretical space he cleared out for himself with a delirious swarm of deftly imagined, technically virtuosic, and, in many cases, mind-bendingly illusionistic constructions—his can’t-be-but-are things operate along the fuzzy boundaries between thinking and making, alternately entangling and disentangling a wide range of

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