In addition to Martha Friedman’s Pore, Locust Projects is featuring Beatriz Monteavaro’s Nochebuena, another exploration of the human form, albeit on a level far more personal and metaphorical.
MIAMI — The idea that a balance of four humors — blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile — determines the health of our bodies was once prevalent in Western medicine, and is reinterpreted in a visceral collaboration between sculptor Martha Friedman and dancer Silas Riener.
Martha Friedman’s recent work marks a significant shift away from the sculptures that first gained her attention. Working within a territory that includes Rene Magritte, Claes Oldenburg and Vija Celmins, Friedman became known for casting enlarged versions of commonplace items; nails, cantaloupes, waffles, yucca plants, blue eggs, olives, rubber bands and cow tongues. Until this exhibition, her sculptures tended to be pictorial and irreverent, their wit something we associate with Pop art and the domesticated Surrealism of Roy Lichtenstein.
DETROIT — This Thanksgiving you should pay attention to the texture of your food, how you use your tongue to lash out and taste your food, and how you digest your food. Why? Isn’t that kind of creepy? Um, yes, it is kind of creepy, and lusting over your food may upset your family members’ stomachs. But Brooklyn-based sculptor Martha Friedman is preoccupied with food and digestion, and she creates awesome food art, proving there is some real artistic value in food lust. Maybe you should leave it to the experts though.