The highly inventive and idiosyncratic work of Tom Friedman (b. 1965) often uses everyday materials to explore the nature of object making in our material culture. Since 2007 the artist has been creating sculpture made of aluminum foil, roasting pans, and baking tins. His work Hazmat Love (2017) presents two wrestling figures whose bodies are clothed in a protective armor made out of crumpled baking pans cast in polished stainless steel. As with most of Friedman’s work the meaning lies in ambiguity tinged with humor: are the figures fighting, dancing, or helping each other? The figures in Hazmat Love will greet visitors on the patio in front of the Museum’s entrance.
Organized by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.