Dianna Frid, The Refulgents, 2011. Cloth, colored pencil, clay, paper, and graphite, 37.75 x 13 x 11.5 in.

Dianna Frid


devening projects + editions

Five hundred years ago, Albrecht Dürer created a vivid woodcut of a rhinoceros not from first-hand observation but from hearsay. Now that we’ve closed the gap between the exotic and the observable, one can use Dürer’s method to describe the world retroactively. That artistic strategy was manifest in Dianna Frid’s recent solo exhibition. In this materially sensitive and richly formal showing of wall-bound and freestanding sculptures, handmade cloth books, and lithographs, it was tempting to disregard Frid’s titles and simply float among her boundless, freeform abstractions, but the titles frame the works. “Evidence of the Material World” was the exhibition’s name, and though the material world has not vanished, Frid re-created its elements by interpreting found texts.…see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.