Felix Friedmann’s work reflects his artistic understanding of human existence in the context of our environment. His works, triggered by a process of existential questions, doubts, surprises and emotions provoke new questions and irresolution up to the point of consternation. Clarifications of human traces, legacies between assessment and claims to dominance, right up to exploitation: these are the things which direct the attention of the viewer to both the obvious and that which has so far been disregarded. The perceived world appears to everyone to be a stage on which the game of life is played. Yet the images of this man remain cautiously abstract and as much so as individual words which allow the viewer to discover their own stories (great or small).
Stories in which there are no definitive answers to be found, only those which are marked by openness and the tension of not knowing, suspicion and speculation.
The works of Felix Friedmann often appear to be closer to painting than clear photography. The scene selection remains strongly inspired by all things ordinary. He shows recurring moments – moments which are similar in nature but which nevertheless differ from one another thanks to their unique atmosphere. The observer soon feels familiar with the image, but notes that the image has never been the way it is in their presence. These may well be the very things that Friedmann aims to capture in his images – things which are easy to overlook in everyday life given their volatility and simplicity but which come to the fore in his artistic representation.
Text by The Eye Of Photography
Solo Shows
2022 ‘Untitled’ Industrial Photography series Paper Mill Steyrermühl
2022 ‘Arlette’ Kunstverein Linz, Austria
2021/ 2022 ‘Luis Barragan, Cuadra San Cristobal’ Hotel Aurora, Meran, Italy
2018 ‘Works 2015 – 2018″ Gmunden, Austria
2016 ‘Glorious Land’ Sunday Gallery Zurich
2014 ‘Traces – Spuren’ solo show, Gallery Spectrum, Linz
2013 ‘CX Sleeping’ Silwex House, Quaker Street, London
2006 ‘Once Upon A Time’ Hotshoe Gallery, London
2006 ‘Probably’ Traders Pop Gallery, Maastricht
Selected Group Shows
2022 ‘Arlette’  Art Appel Gallery Athens
2021/2022 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020, ’UNTITLED’ Luis Barragan Cuadra San Cristobal Serie
2020 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020 ‘UNTITLED’ aus der  Corfu Serie
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016,  2 works ´UNTITLED´ (Flüela        Pass 1 & Flüela Pass 2)
2015 Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery London, The Potteries Museum
und Art Gallery Stoke – On – Trent und in der National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh
2015 Photo Vienna Workshow MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna
2014 ‘Parallel Lines’ in AREA 44, London
2014 ‘CX Sleeping’ Transmediale Vorspiel, Berlin
2013 ‘Jose’s Island’ show as part of the London Design Festival
2013 ‘Urlaub auf Balkonien…und Anderswo’ Kunstsammlung Linz
2013 ‘Another Austria’ 59 Type colour Polaroids im Austrian Cultural Forum, London
2011 ‘Hospital Diary’ part of Beltane group show Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2009 ‘Pinhole Series’ Gallery 422, Gmunden Austria
2009 ‘Dream Home ‘, Novas Contemporary Art, London
Public and private collections in UK, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, US
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