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Zipora I Hope the Moon Explodes

So Much is Gained and So Much is Lost, 2014
Oil pastel on archival pigment print
58-1/2 by 88 inches (146.1 by 223.5 cm)

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Zipora Fried, I hope the moon explodes, 2014

I Hope the Moon Explodes, 2014
(Installation view)

Zipora Fried, I hope the moon explodes, 2014

I Hope the Moon Explodes, 2014
(Installation view)

Zipora Fried, I hope the moon explodes, 2014

I Hope the Moon Explodes, 2014
(Installation view)

Zipora Fried, I hope the moon explodes, 2014

I Hope the Moon Explodes, 2014
(Installation view)

Zipora Fried, Gunde, 2014

Gunde, 2014
Archival pigment print and oil pastel on paper
58-1/2 by 88 inches (146.1 by 223.5 cm)

Zipora Fried, Romeoville, 2014

Romeoville, 2014
Archival pigment print and oil pastel on paper
55 by 82-1/2 inches (139.7 by 207 cm)

Zipora Fried, Tomorrow Became Today, 2014

Tomorrow Became Today, 2014
Graphite and oil pastel on mylar
57 by 90-1/2 inches
(144.8 by 227.3 cm)

Zipora Fried, Lilly, 2014

Lilly, 2014
Graphite and oil pastel on mylar
57-1/2 by 90-1/2 inches (143.5 by 227.3 cm)

Zipora Fried, Black and Blue Things, 2014

Black and Blue Things, 2014
Graphite and oil pastel on mylar
90-1/2 by 57 inches (227.3 by 144.8 cm)

Zipora Fried, Days of Burning Patience, 2014

Days of Burning Patience, 2014
Graphite and oil pastel on mylar
57-1/2 by 90-1/2 inches (143.5 by 227.3 cm)

Zipora Fried, Abandoned, 2014

Abandoned, 2014
Graphite on archival pigment print
30 by 20 inches
(76.2 by 50.8 cm)

Zipora Fried, Motherland, 2014

Motherland #1, 2014
Archival pigment print
13-1/2 by 17 inches
(31.8 by 43.2 cm)

Zipora Fried, Motherland, 2014

Motherland #2, 2014
Archival pigment print
16 by 12 inches (40.6 by 30.5 cm)

Zipora Fried, Motherland #3, 2014

Motherland #3, 2014
C-print
12-3/4 by 9-3/4 inches (28.6 by 21 cm)

Zipora Fried, Bardem #1, 2014

Bardem #1, 2014
C-print
21 by 31 inches (53.3 by 78.7 cm)

Zipora Fried, Bardem #2, 2014

Bardem #2, 2014
C-print
21 by 31 inches (53.3 by 78.7 cm)

Zipora Fried, You Can Have Me Back, 2014

You Can Have Me Back, 2014
Video (color, sound)
5:37 minutes

Zipora Fried, You Can Have Me Back, 2014

You Can Have Me Back, 2014
Video (color, sound)
5:37 minutes

Greys work, 2014 C-print

Grey’s Work, 2014
C-print
16-3/4 by 12-3/4 inches

Zipora Fried, IMZ, 2014

IMZ #4, 2014
C-print, wood, and wool
40 by 30 inches (101.6 by 76.2 cm)

Ma #1, 2014 Archival pigment print 31 by 21 inches  (78.7 by 53.3 cm)

Ma #1, 2014
Archival pigment print
31 by 21 inches
(78.7 by 53.3 cm)

Untitled, 2014C-print

Sidewalk, 2014
C-print
12-3/4 by 16-3/4 inches (34.2 x 42.5 cm)

Zipora Fried, Ma, 2014

Ma #3, 2014
Archival pigment print
49 by 35-1/4 inches

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Zipora Fried
I Hope The Moon Explodes

September 7 – October 12, 2014

Press
The Brooklyn Rail
Clocktower Radio
Forbes

On Stellar Rays is pleased to announce the opening — on Sunday, September 7 — of Zipora Fried’s exhibition I Hope the Moon Explodes. The exhibition marks the gallery’s third solo exhibition of Fried’s work, presenting an expansive body of graphite and oil pastel drawings on both mylar and pigment prints, along with c-prints and a video.

A new body of large-scale drawings with graphite and colored oil pastel will be presented for the first time. Fried has long been interested in societal reluctance to probe subsurface emotions and the futility of language to fully express subconscious impulses. Her long-standing drawing practice is rooted in a refutation of language, impulsively repeating gestures that suggest script but that are decidedly nonlinguistic, demanding an intense physical engagement.

Historical referents and animism also permeate the exhibition, appropriating a visual iconography from an archive of personal and cultural sources. Disinterested in primary meaning, Fried layers the familiar and the archetypal, seeking to maximize the dichotomy between outer expression and inner feeling, and destabilizing the position that pits culture destructively against nature.

In addition to works on paper in various media, Fried has created a new video entitled You Can Have Me Back, with accompanying sound by the Brooklyn-based band Pretty Wilds. The video presents found footage of Japanese and American robotic technologies with unsettling human and animalistic movement, resembling an atavistic remnant of our present selves. Through Fried’s affective responses to symbolic modes of communications and her interest in the broader cultural subconscious, I Hope the Moon Explodes creates a dark and beautiful mirror into our collective pathos.