Friday, September 21, 2007

In The Can.


I don't know Charley Friedman, but I know a lot of people who do. My bet is that he'd love the fact that the folks at P.S. 1 put his video, One Hour Smile, in the can. This happens to be the first work of his that I saw about 7 years ago in a group show at a now-closed Chelsea gallery. It will hurt your face. Smile.

Additionally, my most recent encounter with his work was in one of my favorite spaces in Chelsea, the Kantor/Feurer Window. And don't get me started on the genius of reselling those Felix Gonzales Torres candies on the street. For real. We need way more Charley.

6 comments:

Barry said...

I met him at a party recently. He's great! For a different smile video, check out Happy To Be Here by Charles Goldman.

Heart As Arena said...

Hi Barry. Quite the character by all accounts, and in the best of ways. Don't even miss his Grapefruit Piece.

JD said...

This work is so great; Charley is one of the many "real deal" artists whose work should get much more attention than it aready does. If you check out his website, the cool thing is that he works in so many ways—drawing, photography, video, performance—and the sensibility always comes through.

Joe Heaps said...

Charley is famous in Nebraska.

liz linder said...

nice to see the smile surrounded by tile. has such a cool big-brother-gone-awry vibe in this context. charley rocks.

Heart As Arena said...

Thanks Barry, JD, Joe, and Liz. I don't know of anybody who's encounter his work who doesn't feel the same way about. Like I said . . . We need more Charley.