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Tom Friedman: There

2002

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There is composed inside part of a hand-polished, plastic, minimal white cube, which weighs approximately eight and a half pounds. As if fallen from a great height, the cube rests on top of fifty-one flat “fingers” of brightly colored plastic, which convincingly resemble splatters of paint. Friedman describes the piece as being “like a gavel hitting a podium,” causing the paint to splatter outwards, as if squashed by the cube and propelled by gravity. There is a direct caricature of this idea, and Friedman allows a few solitary drops of paint to escape from the multicolored puddle. Within the piece are references to influences on Friedman’s work. There is a comedic reassessment of the minimalist idea of a grand gesture marking the sense of drama at a given moment.

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There, 2002
Plastic and oil-based enamel paint
53 × 53 in (134.6 × 134.6 cm)

Edition of 12
Produced by Lisa Ivorian-Jones for the New Museum

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