David Fried «Self Organizing Still Life» 1998-
S.O.S. w Stravinsky Rites of Spring, 2002
Kunstmuseum Würzburg, Germany.
Whatever the scale or materials used for the SOS, all of these works consist of solid spheres, which are stirred into motion by ambient sound on a predetermined level object. Audible sound is transformed live into waves that silently stimulate each of the spheres into motion. The resulting action of the individual spheres and their interactions with one another are undetermined. They rearrange themselves in continually new patterns of elegantly fluid choreography. Some kiss, some spin off alone, while others race head-on only to meet with a soft embrace, or swerve around one another, often changing the path and destiny of each other without physical contact, as each sphere is able to feel one another.
Self Organizing Still-Life interacting with the Sounds of Venice 2000
Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Self Organizing Still-Life #BF, 2001
granite, epoxy/stone spheres, mixed media
granite: 166 x 245 cm.
private collection, Brussels, Belgium.
Fried is able to give an individual character to each of the solid hand-made spheres, allowing them to respond and behave differently to live sound, though the artist is able to give each entire SOS a particular overall tendency of choreographic response. Like two people would dance differently to the same music, the spheres interact in a unique and live choreography directly initiated by its environment. When an acoustic signal is no longer detected, the spheres come to rest in ever-different constellations. (Still-Life)
As we simultaneously influence and trace the movements of the spheres, our attention becomes increasingly focused on the non-linear dynamic relationships that unfold between them, effectively shifting the emphasis away from the individual objects themselves towards a highly subjective glimpse of a bigger picture.
Self Organizing Still-Life - Clone1, 2002
cast stone, epoxy/stone spheres, mixed media
cast stone: 77 x 100 cm.
Gallery Poller, Frankfurt.
Creating a complex live visual experience, Fried‘s interactive sculptures are compelling by their symbolically provocative simplicity, as the viewer is moved to forge perspectives on relationships, life and the universe of thought.