ETHEREAL PERSPECTIVES BY ADAM FRIEDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Adam Friedman‘s breathtaking landscape paintings seem to defy the rules of perspective, space and time. In a world where barren woodsy forests grow from tumultuous seas and tower towards clouds of snow-capped glaciers, almost anything seems possible.

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Drawing his influence from a childhood in Lake Tahoe, and a strong interest in nature, Friedman distorts these themes with an almost mathematical ambiance – juxtaposing symbols of geometry with ethereal subject matter.

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ETHEREAL INSTALLATIONS BY DIANA AL-HADID

by Ariadna Zierold

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Diana Al-Hadid, Brooklyn-based, Syrian-born artist’s work can be difficult to describe, monumental and ethereal mixed media works with a myriad of references throughout art history. Her captivating installations, sculptures and paintings feature elements of figures from the Renaissance and classical imagery, forms that appear to be disintegrating into a “dripping” tower.

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Where architecture has an almost spiritual presence in the classical paintings that she admires, her sculptures must obey the law of physics. It is a challenge that she rebels against in her suspended installations.

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