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Despite their ostensible diversity of forms and materials, most of the 28 pieces in Tom Friedman's sixth solo show in New York circle back to one theme: drawing and its infinitely flexible fundamentals. Nearly everything on view refers to or incorporates paper, line or pencils -- sometimes in extreme applications. (Extreme, for example, is the life-size aluminum-foil demon, studded with candy and pierced with dozens of pencils, a sugar monster as St. Sebastian.)
Not everyone will see the hairy eyeball on the floor in the second gallery as a mass of line, but it is, in fact, made of wound, embroidered and loose thread. But by then clues have been dropped: a pencil elongated, in perfect proportion, to over five feet; an enormous scribble on the wall that has actually been carefully cut from the paper on which it was originally drawn; and a small block with a doorway that could be solid iron but is paper densely penciled with graphite.
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