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Dara Friedman

Perfect Stranger

03 Nov 2017 - 04 Mar 2018

Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
Photo by WorldRedEye.com
Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger
Installation view at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2017
© Dara Friedman. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami
Photo: Studio LHOOQ
Dara Friedman, Bim Bam, 1999
16mm film installation with two slot-loading projectors and sound Dimensions variable Collection Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Museum Purchase
© Dara Friedman, courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
DARA FRIEDMAN
Perfect Stranger
3 November 2017 – 4 March 2018

Dara Friedman (b. 1968, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; lives in Miami) uses everyday sights and sounds as the raw material for film and video artworks that reverberate with emotional energy. A former student of the famously rigorous Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka, Friedman engages tendencies in 20th-century experimental cinema that call for a radical reduction of the medium to its most essential material properties. The artist crafts each of her films with meticulous care, making precise choices with respect to camerawork, film stock, and editing strategy while taking into consideration every aspect of the presentation of her work in physical space, from the scale of the images to the specific qualities of the playback equipment. In place of linear storylines, her films typically portray straightforward gestures and situations that she has planned out in advance and that unfold according to predetermined rules and guidelines.

Yet for all of Friedman’s strenuous logic and discipline, her approach remains unabashedly sensual and emotive. Bearing rich imagery and a strong emphasis on bodily experience, her films generate moments of high-pitched, cathartic intensity as well as serene, even euphoric interludes. In recent years, Friedman has increasingly explored the charged boundaries between the public and private spheres, working with musicians, dancers, actors, and other individuals selected through casting calls and auditions. These experimental collaborations dovetail with the artist’s longstanding endeavor to use her work as a means of engendering empathy while pounding on the walls that separate viewer from subject, artist from audience, self from other.

Spanning more than 20 years of creative production, this immersive exhibition is Friedman’s first mid-career survey, and the largest presentation of her work to date.
 

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