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Adam Friedman - Mini Interview

Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 16:25

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Literally just moved up to Portland, OR from SF. I'm 27. Graduated with an MFA from SFAI. And you can see more of my work at www.artbyadamfriedman.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

To keep in simple, I'm fascinated by geology, the natural world, and the relativity of time's duration. I try to show earthly processes that humans would consider "slow," happening really fast or instantly. The images are an optimistic view of the natural world, post human presence.


Oh man... so many. I love the Hudson River School painters... Casper David Freidrich, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, etc. Contemporary painters like Paul Davies, Ricky Allman, Paul Wackers, James Chronister, and many many more. I have tons of talented friends, like Robert Minervini, Nicholas Bohac, Kevin E Taylor, Ben Venom, and Jon Casey Clary, who are killing it! I read a lot... Edward Abbey is my hero.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Stanich Burger in Portland (if you wanna get serious).

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I prefer to work in the studio pretty normal hours... 9-5 type a thang if I can make it happen. I get kinda worthless when it gets too late at night. Music is a huge part of my process. Lately I've been listening to lots of Pentagram, Electric Wizard, Sleep, King Crimson, Can, Hawkwind, Zior, Reinforced Records, Johnny Clarke, etc. etc. etc. But I'm constantly keeping things on rotation.

How do you pay the bills?

Ha! Good question. Like I said, I'm new to Portland, so I've been applying for jobs like a madman. Hustling and picking up random gigs here and there. But I was teaching art a lot in SF and working at Root Division as a Program Coordinator. If you live in SF and you don't know about Root Division, they do great things so check em out! (www.rootdivision.org). Other than that I get lucky and sell some work here and there, which never hurts.

Describe your process for creating new work.

I mentioned that I read a lot. So I write down inspirational quotes in my sketch book that make me think of an image. Some writers (Ed Abbey, John McPhee, etc.) just have a way of describing things in a manner that I could never put into words, but I try to present visually. So most of my paintings are titled after direct quotes. From there I make a ton of little thumbnail sketches to try to figure out a composition. But they usually change a lot by the time they reach the panels.

Tools of the trade?

Oh man... way too many. I need to simplify things a bit. I work primarily on wood panel. Mostly acrylic paint and mediums these days. (Wish I could get a lifetime sponsorship from Golden). But I do some screen printing on Mulberry Paper that gets collaged in and glazed over. I make gel transfers, and my homie Robert Minervini discovered this awesome clear masking film that I use quite a bit. Lots of other little things that I won't bore you with.

What are you really excited about right now?

Just got engaged! So that's pretty huge! Living in Portland, and having a lot of time to paint after a busy summer of slowly relocating. Life, love, rocks, dirt, trees, friends, music, etc.

I just gave you $1,000,000. Quick, what do you do with it!

Pay off my student loans (F. you citi bank! haha), and my fiance's. Basically pay off any debt that my family may have. Buy a modest house, and build a not so modest studio. Travel a bit.

Best way to spend a day off?

Well, if I'm not at work, I'm usually in the studio... But riding bikes or camping with my lady is always pretty awesome.

What do you love most about where you live?

REALLY excited to be in Portland! So many good friends up here. Compared to SF, the cost of living is significantly lower, so it makes life easier and affords me more time to paint. It's so beautiful up here and there are limitless outdoor activities, rain or shine (mostly rain though).

Ok, your chance to rant and rave about something* Talk shit.

Ha! I've probably said enough already and I'm not much of a shit talker... so I'll send out some love. Thanks to my fiance Josi, all my friends and family, Eleanor Harwood (www.eleanorharwood.com), and FECAL FACE for always holding it down, consistently providing inspirational reading material... and giving me the interview opportunity.

Upcoming shows/ projects?

I have a solo show in January at a new(ish) artist run space in Oakland called FM. A group show in January at Root Division in SF... And planning out our wedding next summer/early fall.

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