Columbia Artist, Professor Robert Friedman, exhibits at WWU
|8/23/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
Artist Robert Friedman’s figurative drawings will be featured in William Woods University’s Mildred M. Cox Gallery through Sept. 27. The opening reception will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 6.
Friedman has taught at Stephens College for the last 22 years. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in ceramics, drawing and printmaking. When the ceramic program was eliminated from the curriculum at Stephens, he redoubled his focus on drawing as his primary medium.
More recently he has returned to working in lithographic printmaking, after becoming a partner in Grindstone Lithography Studio. Figurative drawing is his passion, working from the live model six to nine hours each week.
“Drawing is inherently kinetic,” Friedman said. “The act of drawing figures is a body in motion expressing a body in apparent stillness. As the man behind the easel, I prefer to see the movement in that still model and accentuate the concept of motion through line and shape relationships. The illusion here is the drawing is still, yet the observer is seeing motion. ”
He added, “We all have our individual roles and ways in life that we dress the part for, but we have a moment in everyday when those differences are gone, when the costume comes off, when no one is there but our simplest self. By working with the nude, I hope to communicate that state symbolically, the roll free universality of our moments of feeling only ourselves, free of the façade we hold for others.”
The Mildred M. Cox Gallery is open 9 a.m.-6.p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.