Modern societies attempt to understand and explain the mysteries of nature through various tangible human lenses such as science, technology, painting, literature, photography, etc. But try as we might, our interpretations, theories, reproductions, and commentaries of the natural world will never truly do it justice. Through our various strategies, we impose and accept ‘rules’ of nature as factual knowledge and through these arbitrary conceptual binaries, we deny its’ overwhelming mystery.
Adam Friedman recognizes himself guilty of this as well. He paints symbols and tropes that we comprehend as landscape; mountains, sunsets, etc. But he is also curious what happens when we view nature through a lens that breaks the rules of our understanding. In his work, rules of perspective, distance, and light are bent. Space can become a solid object and places are folded on top of one another. Millions of years are compacted into a single instant and rocks become fluid. Friedman strives to present a moment that defies human intervention in the landscape, and pays homage to the potential in the inexplicable.
All images © Adam Friedman