Within the large exhibition Casanova Forever in the south of France, Le Frac Languedoc Roussillon is presenting a Tom Friedman installation entitled Up In the Air.
At first gaze upon entering the installation, the colorful and poetical suspensions are happily surprising the visitors, while arousing intrigue and curiosity with a multitude of weightlessness pieces displayed around and above the public.
The installation appears as a constellation of objects of desire and consumerism : a soberly over dimensioned penis, a crumpled pack of Marlboro Lights, cornflakes, vinyls merging with a selection of colorful and drab retrieved objects, souvenirs, and anecdotal sculptures… The objects are gliding, flying over, spinning… The spectator is drifting around , memorizing here and there a precise object , trying to find where to start the reading of the installation.
This constellation of disparate objects seems to hang in a disorder stage - managed around a central piece , which is more important size-wise : a piling up of a house, a finger, random forms from which are hanging below concentric circles seeming to keep for only point of gravity a little red cube.
Universal absurdity, objects of consumerism, satellite scraps, suspended obsessions, this installation/constellation reminds us as well the technological waste hanging in the stratosphere around Earth.
In weightlessness around the viewer, this happily anecdotal installation is reflecting with poetry and lightness , the ordinary traces of desires and daily neurosises. A human size adapted comic strip speach bubble leaves place for any word, comment or exclamation possible to the enthusiastic and uninhibited spectator which would want to play the game of this installation, however souvenir photographs are forbidden.
Tom Friedman gives us to see and live here a gliding installation as a music of chance, where everything should remain memory and secret, as in our shrinks practices.
The exhibition is open until October 2nd.
Text : Géraldine Postel