MAY 2014


May 1, 2014 (Detroit) 

Released from the shackles of reality, the abstract artist is free to roam the halls of the imagination and choose a visual language that is independent of identifiable references and more at home in color, form and line-based compositions. Artist Sam Friedman invites us into his fantastical landscapes filled with loosely assembled yet vibrant flora and tropical sunsets and compels us, the viewer, to sit back, relax and take it all in. 

"This latest series of paintings brings together all of Sam's obsessive gradient language of line work to a new level. The paintings are soothing yet chaotic in the best way"  - KAWS

"Sam Friedman could be compared to a discerning curator of a botanical garden or patient botanist... on a planet in another solar system far away from the natural laws of earth"  - Matt Eaton

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the artist Sam Friedman to Detroit to present his latest exhibition of works at Library Street Collective. 


American artist Sam Friedman has been producing art in Brooklyn, New York, for the last decade. Tending to reflect the natural world, his work is simultaneously loose and precise. Friedman moves between representational and abstract depictions with seeming ease and spontaneity. His earliest "beach paintings", completed in 2007, originated from his experience of walking towards the sunset during an oncoming storm. This personal encounter of induced visual clarity prompted in the artist's mind the precise image for a fully formed painting that incorporated the language he had been developing in his earlier abstract work. This focus has occupied the most of his explorations then, resulting in a body of work that continuously break down and rebuild a natural landscape. 

Born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York, Friedman spent his childhood by-passing the real world and resorting to daydreaming and drawing. At eighteen, upon graduating from high school, he moved to Brooklyn to study commercial art at the Pratt Art Institute. Following four years of illustration and typography studies, he earned his livelihood by realizing commercial artwork for companies and publications such as Nike and the New York Times. Nevertheless, during that period, his personal practice focussed on painting. Eventually, he decided to move on from commercial affairs and engage in activities with other artists, which would ultimately contribute to his art. Taking advantage of his applied art beginnings, Friedman has embraced techniques, traditions, tools and materials of commercial art trades. While negotiating their incorporation in proper artworks, Friedman uses these skills as an initial basis to freely compose visually striking works. He finds inspiration in other great artists with similar approach such as de Kooning, Leger, Lichtenstein, Lewitt, and Westermann.