Christian Friedrich: 1 of 3 Types (Classic Myths)
Friedrich’s exhibition features a multipart sculpture, a video work centering upon the artistic potential of editing, as well as a large-scale panel of framed photographs. As in previous setups, Friedrich’s interest in the qualities of different media, and how these complement each other, is highlighted by intertwining individual works.
1 of 3 Types (Classic Myths), 2002, comprises three tripod steel cubes welded of angle profiles, two of which clench several loose sheets of paper while touching the wall. During the production period Friedrich has used these sheets as sketch- and pocketbook. Insofar, 1 of 3 Types (Classic Myths) refers to its genesis in correlation with products that are suggestive of terminating the working process. Whereas the two cubes that were built first, fixate the original sheets of paper, respectively a copy of these, the third cube stands close to the wall and serves, within the framework of the exhibition, as a base for a monitor.
Untitled, 2010-11, a 16-minute silent video set to continous play, examines the interpretation of juxtaposed imagery. As cross-cut motifs rhythmically appear and reappear, to sometimes stroboscopic effect, Friedrich challenges the spectator’s analytical urge thus causing confusion about the work’s correct reading. The sequences – including a Russian monument of WWII, individuals exposing themselves on video-sharing websites, an American flag, and a guy being electro-shocked in a dungeon – evoke associations with contractual relations, both public and private.
Untitled (Untitled, 2010-11), 2012, consists in a monumental panel of 80 video stills that were exported from Untitled, 2010-11, exposed on photobase paper and ordered in a non-chronological fashion.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Where time has lost its relevance II, PAKT, Amsterdam (NL), Narcissus Standing Erected, Städtische Galerie am ZKM, Karlsruhe (DE), C.o.C.A. Foundation, Rotterdam (NL), Ernte 07, Kunsthaus Baselland, Baselland (CH), Gegenstände, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (DE), and studio presentations during recidencies at ISCP, New York (USA) in 2009-2010 and De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL), 2007-2009. Friedrich will participate in Beyond Imagination, one of the two inaugural exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in September 2012.