Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Idan Friedman: Profiles

This is a beautiful project by Israeli born artist Idan Friedman. Idan has created a series of intricate portraits of people he has met while going about his everyday life, like the cashier at his local supermarket. He hasn't captured them in oils or on film but instead has created relief sculptures of their profiles and embossed them on to disposable aluminum food trays. 
The results call to mind coins, commemorative medallions, plaques and medals, objects that to the mind are associated with celebrating the great and the good but this project celebrates the everyday. A sensitive and well thought out series with a real sense of fragility that to my eyes takes portraiture to a new level and raises questions about what we hold as precious.

If you want to see more of the series Idan has a flickr stream here.

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