Zipora Fried, Chère Maman, 2008. Wood table and bottles.
Zipora Fried is best known for her large-scale graphite drawings in which she immerses herself in a creative process that may last months, drawing over a large scroll of paper that can reach up to 28ft long. But she also creates intellectual sculptures and installations from everyday objects such as tables and chairs. In both drawings and objects, Fried employs a very personal visual language where repetition points to a silent contemplative experience.
Zipora Fried, Quentin (detail), 2007. Wood table and wool.
When observing her drawings, it seems that the process for each is a long and arduous one. Each gesture and line of the pencil can be seen as a mark of a specific moment in time completely detached from form and function. For the piece Quentin, Fried worked for months knitting a covering for an old-fashioned dining room table. She has also knitted tight covers for baseball bats and other ordinary objects. But more than visually perplexing, her sculptures seem to gather the complexities and contradictions of thought, process and labor.
Zipora Fried was born in Haifa, Israel. She studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Museé D’Art Moderne, Luxembourg and the K/haus Museum, Vienna. She recently participated in the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA/PS1 curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield. She lives and works in New York.
Zipora Fried, Chairz, 2008. 2 Thonet chairs, black tape and knives.
Zipora Fried, Untitled, 2009. Graphite pencil on matte mylar paper.
All images courtesy of On Stellar Rays
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