Charley Friedman at Gallery Diet

From Jan 9th through Feb 6th, 2010.

Somewhere between humor and magic lies the work of Charley Friedman. He has an undying interest in eliciting emotion in the viewer, not the quick response of shock but rather the kinds of emotions we remember from childhood; laughter, awe, suspense. Similar reactions are often experienced when looking at artwork. Through form and color artists create a sort of mysticism. Though it is a bit absurd this notion, the adoration of objects, it is comical, as Charley would say, a bit of “the emperors new clothes,” it is also irresistible, seductive, and un-avoidable. In Magical Powers, Friedman is exploring wonder, how it is created, where it comes from and our responses to it. In this exhibition Friedman will exhibit three sculptural works, alongside an early example of his photography.

Magical Powers is the second solo exhibition of Friedman’s work at Gallery Diet. For the last decade, Charley Friedman has been making work exploring the themes of personal identity and the relationship to one’s body. His work primarily addresses the continuous, morphing response of the body to its particular environment and choices. The absurd, tragic, contradictory nature of living is able to be uniquely portrayed using humor as a psychological conduit, from multiple yet equal tangents. For Charley, it is the emotional “ah hah” that he desires over any formal qualities.

Gallery Diet
174 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127

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