Columbia Artist, Professor Robert Friedman, exhibits at WWU

Artist Robert Friedman’s figurative drawings will be featured
in William Woods University’s Mildred M. Cox Gallery through Sept. 27. The
opening reception will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 6.

Friedman has taught at Stephens College for the last 22
years. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in ceramics, drawing and
printmaking.  When the ceramic program
was eliminated from the curriculum at Stephens, he redoubled his focus on
drawing as his primary medium. 
 
More recently he has returned to working in lithographic
printmaking, after becoming a partner in Grindstone Lithography Studio.
Figurative drawing is his passion, working from the live model six to nine
hours each week. 
 
“Drawing is inherently kinetic,” Friedman said.  “The act of drawing figures is a body in
motion expressing a body in apparent stillness. 
As the man behind the easel, I prefer to see the movement in that still
model and accentuate the concept of motion through line and shape relationships.
The illusion here is the drawing is still, yet the observer is seeing
motion.  ”
 
He added, “We all have our individual roles and ways in life
that we dress the part for, but we have a moment in everyday when those
differences are gone, when the costume comes off, when no one is there but our
simplest self.  By working with the nude,
I hope to communicate that state symbolically, the roll free universality of
our moments of feeling only ourselves, free of the façade we hold for others.”
 
The Mildred M. Cox Gallery is open 9 a.m.-6.p.m. Monday
through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to
the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.

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