Tom Friedman (born St Louis 1965) is the perfect illusionist, revisiting sculptural methods by using ordinary materials to question the frontier of logic and the limits of language. His works undermine the accepted ideas that form our mental and physical realities, and our everyday relationship with the environment.
Friedman’s initial training as a book illustrator helped him treat drawing as a novel way of perceiving space. He subsequently studied sculpture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also acknowledges the influence of Gerhard Richter, especially his way of confusing and defining objects of representation; and of Ad Reinhardt, whose work helped him realize the potential
of meaning – not only in an artist’s individual works, but also in the chronological progression of individual pieces. […]