Dara Friedman could possibly be the stranger standing next to you at the checkout counter somewhere.
You would never guess that FILM possesses her. The PAMM is presently exhibiting her ‘Perfect Stranger video and film works entitled Perfect Stranger which combines the techniques and the principles of Structural Filmmaking intertwined with strong emotional ‘pushes’ enveloped with an intuitive energy aimed at her particular take on her subject matter. She shows WILD, WITTY, STRANGE, DARING, ABRASIVE and thoughtful views about today’s un-fathomable world. I Loved it.
Curator Rene Morales discussed Friedman’s artistic practice… carefully. He explained that Friedman’s path into film and video installations and the principles of Structural filmmaking is linked to her emotional curiosity about every-day realizations.
She is daring, yet contained in her views. She takes risks, however somehow holds back on exploiting nonsense. Her quest is one of diving into a theme, analyzing, portraying and ultimately coming up for neutral air and forcing YOU to take a breath, sink, and resurface with a (hopefully), different view of the world. Her works are spotlighted in different rooms at the PAMM. Darkness defines her, however from the darkness comes the light. Great ambition and guts should be printed on her business card.
Friedman crafts each of her films with meticulous care, making precise choices with respect to camerawork, film stock, and editing strategy while taking into consideration every aspect of the presentation of her work in physical space, from the scale of the images to the specific qualities of the playback equipment. Bearing rich imagery and a strong emphasis on bodily experience, her films generate moments of high-pitched, cathartic intensity as well as serine, even euphoric interludes.