Spring Awakening - Paintings by Eric Friedmann
May 4th through August 4th, 2018
Opening Reception May 10th 5:30-8:00pm
viewing hours 10:00am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday and by appointment
IFAC Arts and the Yard Lower East Side present Spring Awakening, new paintings by Eric Friedmann.
Friedmann’s expressive and colorful abstractions elicit an immediacy of painting and the relativity of time. The works in the series suggest a subjective impression of movement, like people gathering in fields of flowers, a utopic garden. The paintings spring forth from the canvas towards the viewer and reference, not only the history of western abstraction but the action of a physical, mental, and emotional release from that which is stuck, static, and frozen. A period of discomfort can provide the basis for a period of happiness and joy. Friedmann’s artworks extract a rawness and authentic freedom through his process and assist us to access our direct experience of natural truths and to awaken from the dogma of 20th century art.
Eric Friedmann (b.1961) is a painter and sculptor based in New York and works in Long Island City. He graduated summa cum laude in fine art and existentialist philosophy at Ithaca College, and later attended the School of Visual Arts. Since 1992, Friedmann has split his time and practice between New York, Germany, and Switzerland. His work focuses on the structures and systems of thought, and their simplification for a greater understanding of contemporary archaeology as it relates to current philosophies of art, politics, and feminism