Friday, April 1, 2016

Tom Friedman’s ‘Looking Up’ In NYC (2016)

Modern Sculpture

Looking Up: Among the many tall buildings of Manhattan there resides a 33.3-foot-tall metal figure by American artist Tom Friedman, it representing the part of humanity who seeks guidance of sorts from the Heavens. It is largely created from aluminum cast-offs—an excellent representation, in my view, of Man today, who, despite the circumstances, makes every attempt to keep looking up. The Luhring Augustine gallery writes: “Looking Up is by far the most ambitious sculpture from Friedman’s ongoing body of work involving the use of crushed aluminum foil roasting-pans to create figures, which, through a process of molding and lost wax casting, retain the original material's imprint and markings. A charming yet magnificent piece, the quasi-human figure gazes up to the heavens, inviting others to stand at its base and do the same. The first example of this edition is permanently installed at the Laguna Gloria campus of The Contemporary Austin in Texas.” The human-appearing sculpture is on exhibit on Park Avenue and East 53rd Street, New York, until July 15, 2016.
Photo Credit & Source: Luhring Augustine