San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 18, 2008
San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Let's Get Lost: New Work by Sarajo Frieden (http://www.sarajofrieden.com/).
Let's Get Lost: New Work by Sarajo Frieden
Exhibition dates: October 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008; reception date: October 2, 7 - 9 pm
San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Let's Get Lost: New Work by Sarajo Frieden (http://www.sarajofrieden.com/). Her work will occupy the Rare Device gallery October 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, October 2 from 7 - 9 pm.
Information streams at us 24/7. Technology connects us to anyone, anywhere, while often disconnecting us from wherever we happen to be. We can locate (or be located) with GPS, view a street anywhere in the world via Google maps. What does all this portend for the art of simply getting lost? In Let's Get Lost Frieden explores our metaphorical resonance with getting lost.
"There is a that I try to explore in my work," Frieden explains. "I may start out with intentions, thoughts, sketches or preconceived ideas about where I want to go. But at some point, I usually surrender any expectations to follow the roadless map that is creating. It is not a linear journey, and it's easy to get lost. But isn't that the point? How else would Pina Bausch's dancers find their way to the house in Mon Oncle?"
According to Frieden, inspiration comes from just about anywhere: the floating world of Ukiyo-e, Persian miniatures, Paul Klee's puppets, the films of Fellini and Tati, the world of dance--even Disneyland. Music inspires Frieden with its ability to convey abstraction and emotion at the same time. Lately, she's been drawn to Chris Watson's sound recordings: bird calls, ancient glaciers, and running rivers. Listening late at night in the urban setting of her studio heightens not only the stark beauty of these sounds, but also the awareness of their increasing vulnerability in the face of human activities.
Sarajo Frieden was born in Oakland and currently lives in Los Angeles in a neighborhood that borders Thai Town, Little Armenia and Koreatown, with Guatemalan and Salvadoran bakeries nearby. The cacophony of hand-painted signs in a variety of languages serves as both inspiration and daily reminder that the ordinary is often extraordinary and nothing is what it seems. A host of disparate vocabularies from the worlds of fine, folk and decorative art, including Persian miniatures, Shaker trance drawings, Japanese woodblock prints, and her Hungarian great aunt's embroidery, influence her work and can be found wandering through her images. Her current work reflects a love of color and pattern that takes form in drawing, painting and collage. Using open ended narratives, folk tales, and the juxtaposition of discordant images, she attempts to give form to the human experience in all its bewildering complexity.
Frieden's work has been exhibited throughout North America, as well as England, Italy, and Australia. In addition, her illustrations appear nationally and internationally in a variety of places, including books and magazines.
Rare Device is a store and gallery that features functional experiments and original ideas in art, design, craft and fabrication. Owners Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon constantly seek out objects that are beautiful, evocative, well constructed and thoughtful. We are pleased to bring to our San Francisco store an ever-growing roster of local, national and international artists and designers for a truly "rare" experience.
Rare Device (raredevice.net) is located at 1845 Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Store/gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 7pm, Thursday noon to 9 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.