"Flesh of the Gods" An exhibition of new works by Sam Friedman
City: Hong Kong
Duration: 2018-09-21 ~ 2018-10-27
Opening: September 20, 2018, 6-8pm
Venue: Over the Influence
Address: 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Participating Artist(s): Sam Friedman

Exclusive Media Preview: September 20, 2018, 4-5pm

[September 4, 2018 Over the Influence] is pleased to present Flesh of the Gods, an exhibition featuring new paintings from New York-based artist Sam Friedman. The exhibition,which marks Friedman's debut solo show in Hong Kong, will open on September 28, and remain on view through October 27, 2018. An opening reception for the artist will be held on September 27, from 6 to 8pm.

Deftly occupying the liminal borders between abstraction and representation, Friedman's enigmatic paintings have a tendency to disorient, plunging the viewer into an unreliable world, a nowhereness at once atmospheric and decorative, mythical and mysterious. Drawing upon personal memories, Friedman explores the tension between recognizable imagery and the artist's emotional and spiritual experience of the natural world.

Blending the representational with the surreality of a dream, Friedman's candy-colored abstractions proffer uncanny glimpses of the everyday, as if viewed through a kaleidoscopicprism. Loose yet precise, Friedman's arresting, otherworldly compositions of fluid movements amongst vibrant patterns aim to capture the idea of memory, an image of distanced reality,more feeling than nature.

Without any preparatory design, Friedman spontaneously breaks down and rebuilds natural surroundings, prompting a sense of dislocation in the viewer. Employing his unique visual language--an idiosyncratic, freewheeling way of applying paint, in which previously intuitive decisions organically dictate each successive mark--the high-spirited, large-scale paintings invite us into a fantastical universe, an abstract tapestry of vibrant flora and tropical sunsets.

Creating a surreal world, both familiar and strange, Friedman's vivid, dreamlike paintings serve as re-imaginings of memory, forever tussling between representation and abstraction.

About Sam Friedman

Born in 1984 in Oneonta, NY Friedman lives and works in Beacon, NY, USA. He has had solo exhibitions at Joshua Liner Gallery (New York, NY), Library Street Collective (Detroit, MI), Chandran Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Space 1026 (Philadelphia, PA). He has also been shown in group exhibitions across the USA.


[Editor] 张艳