American conceptual artist Tom Friedman uses found objects to create whimsical and clever installations and sculptures. Past work has included a self portrait carved from an aspirin pill, a tarantula composed of the artist's hair, a ball between two walls made with 1500 pieces of bubble gum, and several self portrait sculptures that use paper as the medium.
In 2010, Friedman collected aluminum roasting pans and created a life-size sculpture loosely based on Henri Matisse's painting La Danse. The piece was then cast into stainless steel. Brown University has accepted an anonymous donor's gift of the sculpture which is now installed in a public space between Waterman and Angell streets. Titled Circle Dance, the twenty-two foot wide sculpture consists of eleven life sized figures holding hands and dancing in a circle.
Jo-Ann Conklin, director of the David Winton Bell Art Gallery, oversaw the acquisition and subsequent installation of the piece. Conklin feels that the piece will be a good match for the Brown community, “I think it will be very popular. I imagine students putting hats on it, posing next to it as they do with the bear on the College Green, maybe sitting against it, lying down inside it. It will definitely be hard to miss. Made of shiny stainless steel, it’s going to draw a lot of attention.”
On Wednesday December 5 at 5:30pm, Friedman will hold a lecture in the Martinos Auditorium of the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.
Malcolm Grear Designers has had a long standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery designing many of the gallery's exhibition installation graphics, invitations, signs, catalogues, and websites. The studio is currently working with Brown University's Facilities Management in creating wayfinding signage and donor recognition systems in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.