The kaleidoscopic media and the very images themselves in Jerry Friedman's works belie the overall chromatic and shading accord. And yet, he's not scared to throw a sharp, scarlet line into an otherwise adumbrated canvas-work, spiking the harmony and forcing the viewer to examine the finer details.
Friedman has created in metals, polymers, ceramics, and wood. But his key canvas is mylar. With a background in architecture, inspiration struck when he saw the welcoming properties of durable, archivable mylar and blueprint linens. Inks, oil paints, image transfers, pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, acrylic: all diverse media had a seat at the table. And nearly all of the media are there, sometimes in a single piece with the overflowing repaste of single graphical entities featured on one of his works.
The pell-mell but inspiring antiphony of his native New York City has been a lifelong inspiration for Friedman. With an MA in architecture, he developed a creative, paradoxical fascination with the stark order invoked by the Bauhaus school.
Friedman has worked as an educator, including seven years teaching ceramics and industrial arts in Bedford-Stuyvesant. For the last fifteen years, he has pursued his re-invigorated full-time work as an artist, which he also cites as a processory and healing endeavor. His New York City studio is where he labors for "the pieces of a puzzle to reveal a story."