|(St. Louis, Missouri, 1965- )
Lives and works in Conway, Massachusetts
Self-portraits are a regular part of Tom
Friedman's work as an artist, but rarely does he permit us to see
what he really looks like. This is a typically obscure work created
by moving his image across the surface of a flatbed scanner as the
scan was taking place. The resulting 'abstract' is both static and
dynamic, and is like other self-portraits by Friedman in that it
is fragmentary, giving only a partial glimpse of who the artist is.
Not merely a conceptual abstraction, however, this self-portrait
is also aesthetically quite complex. If one looks closely, Friedman's
hair, belt, and shoes are visible as horizontal bands, almost like
an abstracted landscape.