DAVID FRIED 
selected recent works

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In bed with lucy and dolly
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Rainscapes
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Vesicles of endevour 
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Self organizing still life
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Stemmers
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Resolution: 1400 x 1050
© david fried 2009

Selection from the series of motiongrams "Way of Words - 2008"

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Way of Words, No.1, “Lose your mind so you have something to find.”
- David Fried
2008, archival C-print, 21 x 24 cm. edition 8

"Way of Words" is a series of 15 images - or "Motiongrams" captured with long exposures of Fried's "SOS" sound stimulated sculptures reacting and moving in real-time to the artist's spoken words. As information informs matter, each motiongram contains the message it heard, resulting in unique calligraphic symbols in a highly probabalistic language. The actual quote the SOS heard is the subtitle of each image.

 

Way of Words, No.5, “No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.”
- Jean-Paul Sartre
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.8, “I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.”
- John Cage
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.3, “A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.2, “Strip your psyche to the bare bones of spontaneous process, and you give
yourself one chance in a thousand, to make the Pass.”
- William S. Burroughs
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.14, “I don’t know if I’m striving for anything that I can put into words.”
- Fred Frith
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.12, “All words, in every language, are metaphors”
- Marshall McLuhan
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.9, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
- Confucius
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8

 

Way of Words, No.4, “ The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.”
- John Milton
2008, archival C-print, 23 x 26 cm. edition 8


Way of Words | Motiongrams (analogue)

Fried’s series ‘Way of Words’ is a series of images or ‘motiongrams’ captured with long exposures of his ‘SOS’ sound stimulated sculptures, reacting and moving in realtime to the artist’s spoken words.

They document both the initial stationary constellations and the fluid actions of the interactive spheres that ensues as the artist speaks selected quotes to them. The starting points are known, the outcomes are not. As audible information informs the motion of the interactive sculpture, each motiongram contains the message it heard, resulting in unique calligraphic symbols, in a highly probabalistic language.

The actual quote the SOS heard is the subtitle of each image. In several series, Fried has chosen quotes to speak from musicians, authors, philosophers and activists, about love, community, language and the mind.

The associative mind is hard-wired to percieve relevant patterns where there are none, better than failing to see a possibly dangerous pattern where one exists.

Like words in any language are merely metaphors—symbols of what we attach to them, like art, they have a unique power to move us. And while most people will agree to a general or dictionary meaning, the word love for example, will mean different things to each individual according to their experience.

And not unlike the appreciation of abstract art—beyond aesthetics—gazing upon a written alphebet and language that is strange to us, excercises our perceptual dexterity as we look for clues, patterns and meaning.

Fried plays with this phenomena between literal and associative interpreted meanings within and without ourselves. He gives us a clue through the title—a quote with literal meaning—and simultaneously offers us a non-literal language-relevant visual ‘glyph’ to mentally map our associative thinking.

Literacy is a challenging adventure—we‘ve all been there as kids. As adults, when learning new languages on the fly, we relive this highly corralitive process. Body language or comic books for example, are classic image-based narratives that help to learn the meaning of a new languague.

Fried’s Way of Words motiongrams reverse, and even feeds-back this perceptual process on itself. Visualizing qualities of language through chance and emergent complexity, he invites us to loop through the literal, metophoric and subjective realms of our associate mind.

 


Go to: Way of Words - Edition 2007


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