The Art of Elias Friedensohn

Pop Sculptures

Humor, ever present in Friedensohn's work, appears in his epoxy pop sculptures of the late '50's and early '60's as sweet whimsy: lovers enjoying a connection and men on the telephone seeking contact. In his (hatblock based) wood heads from the 1980's, the mood turns darker. These figures, like his Witnesses (to the Holocaust) may have eyes but no ears or removeable noses. The dark side of human nature is a corrective to the bright. Each needs its opposite, Friedensohn insists.