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Dianna Frid
updated: 08/04/2009
website: www.diannafrid.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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detail of Starwheel Launchpad
Starwheel Launchpad
intallation view of The Forces that Shape Them
On the Modification of Clouds
Carapax
What We Often Simply Call Air
However Dead It May Be, Though Desolate and Uninviting, One Day Men Will Land There and Explore the Moon at First Hand
as of yet untitled
Intervals
Nothing Prepared Us for What We Found There
The Vertical Shadows, Installation view at devening projects + editions foreground: Untitled #4 (Refraction of Bolts), from the series The Vertical Shadows
4 works from the series Engines of Weather
Well
Statdeath, Unique artist book
Meander and Convergence - Artist Book, Unique
 
Portfolio Keywords:  books, diagrammatic, meditative, conceptual, collage, mapping, systems, craft, pattern, architecture
 
 
detail of Starwheel Launchpad by Dianna Frid
detail of Starwheel Launchpad
Tape, cloth, plastic, foil, adhesives, thread, ink, cardboard, metal and plaster
2008
Dimensions variable
Starwheel Launchpad by Dianna Frid
Starwheel Launchpad
Tape, cloth, plastic, foil, adhesives, thread, ink, cardboard, metal and plaster
2008
Dimensions variable
intallation view of The Forces that Shape Them by Dianna Frid
intallation view of The Forces that Shape Them
various materials
2009
Dimensions variable
On the Modification of Clouds by Dianna Frid
On the Modification of Clouds
Cloth, thread, clay, stones
2009
76" x  60"  x 2" 
Carapax by Dianna Frid
Carapax
Cloth, adhesives, aluminum foil, cellophane
2009
107" x  11"  x 6" 
What We Often Simply Call Air by Dianna Frid
What We Often Simply Call Air
mixed media on paper
2009
52" x  68" 
However Dead It May Be, Though Desolate and Uninviting, One Day Men Will Land There and Explore the Moon at First Hand by Dianna Frid
However Dead It May Be, Though Desolate and Uninviting, One Day Men Will Land There and Explore the Moon at First Hand
Paper, aluminum, inkjet print on cloth, and frame
2009
47" x  48"  x 12.5" 
as of yet untitled by Dianna Frid
as of yet untitled
mixed media on paper
2009
78.5" x  96" 
Intervals by Dianna Frid
Intervals
mixed media on paper
2009
85" x  56" 
Nothing Prepared Us for What We Found There by Dianna Frid
Nothing Prepared Us for What We Found There
Cloth, thread, aluminum foil
2009
10 " x  15 " 
The Vertical Shadows, Installation view at devening projects + editions foreground: Untitled #4 (Refraction of Bolts), from the series The Vertical Shadows by Dianna Frid
The Vertical Shadows, Installation view at devening projects + editions foreground: Untitled #4 (Refraction of Bolts), from the series The Vertical Shadows
Cardboard, wood, cloth, plaster, plastic paint and ink, paper, acrylic, wax and papier-mache
2008
74" x  24"  x 30" 
4 works from the series Engines of Weather by Dianna Frid
4 works from the series Engines of Weather
mixed media on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
Well by Dianna Frid
Well
"Colored pencil on cloth (cut and layered), canvas, aluminum, adhesives,
2006
120" x  24"  x 18" 
Statdeath, Unique artist book by Dianna Frid
Statdeath, Unique artist book
Cloth, thread, aluminum foil, cellophane
2009
10" x  15.75" 
Meander and Convergence - Artist Book, Unique  by Dianna Frid
Meander and Convergence - Artist Book, Unique
Cloth (canvas, silk), thread, ink, foil, adhesives
2007
10.5" x  16" 

Artist Statement
I make objects and images that span a wide range of scales and materials. My works take the intimate form of artist books, fiber works, and collages, or they function as sculptures, large drawings or as immersive environments.

One of the central themes of my recent work has been the relationship between diagrams, patterns and words and the things that these diagrams, patterns and words attempt to depict. I often use recognizable schemata of buildings, of architectural components or of natural phenomena as points of departure that eventually yield objects and images that are at once familiar and strange reconfigurations of their sources. I arrive at these reconfigurations by combining seemingly disparate elements that include plaster, tape, colored pencils, cloth, paint, foil, cardboard and embroidery thread. The resulting works play off the tension that arises from both improvised and intentional integrations and clashes of diverse materials. Frequently, the sculptural objects and large drawings are presented within architectural spaces that elicit a particular response or arrangement. Therefore, I use my larger work as a way to address the specific spaces that house them as sites for charged spatial, material and object relationships.  

Wallace Stevens alluded to pressing back on the pressures of reality through the act of imaginative making. I see in my work that aspiration, to press back on existing things through imaginative making and to have that making carry its own authority. This authority alerts us to variations and subtleties that open up the space of reflection. It also alerts us, through materiality, to “the voluptuousness of looking.”

I see my works as interpretive inquiries into the tensions that exist between the tools with which the world is described and the world that exists in spite of these tools. Ultimately, these tensions evoke other possible ways of encompassing things and images: ways that include the complexities of desire, contradiction, metaphor, and attention to form and sense experience.

Artist Bio / CV

For a complete, recent CV please visit www.diannafrid.net

Born in Mexico City
Lives and works in Chicago,IL

One-Person Exhibitions and Collaborations:

2010   
Dianna Frid, neues kunstforum, Cologne, Germany (scheduled)

2009   
The Forces that Shape Them, Gahlberg Gallery, College of Du Page, Illinois
Dianna Frid, Artists’ Book Program, Bravin Lee Programs, New York

2008    
Dianna Frid: The Vertical Shadows, devening projects + editions, Chicago

2006    
12 Releases, CROXHAPOX, Gent, Belgium
 12 X 12 / New Artists New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2005    
Time and Distance and Bent, National and International Projects, PS1-MOMA, Long Island City, NY
Crater and Transport, Julia Friedman Gallery, New York

2004    
Carriage  (collaboration with Mark Gallay), SubCity Projects, Chicago

2003   
The Field (texts by Stephen Motika), Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago

1999
Dianna Frid, Esso Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009    
Threads, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Response: Art and the Art of Criticism, I-Space, Chicago

2008    
Selections: Spring 2008, The Drawing Center, New York
Paper Love, devening projects + editions, Chicago

2007    
Mapping the Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Kuf-Mold, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

2006
Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin, USA
Takeover, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

2005
Crossings, Chicago Cultural Center and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Inverted Mirrors, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C.
Centrally Located, Chicago Cultural Center
Drawn Out, Gallery 400, Chicago
Research, NIU Gallery, Chicago

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Education
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Bibliography
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