September 8 –
November 19, 2016
Howard Fried: Derelicts

Opening reception: Thursday September 8, 6:30–8:30 pm

An active artist in the Bay Area since the late 1960s, Howard Fried’s work is driven by highly detailed conceptual frameworks that expand and modulate according to his own personal exertions during the process of production. Fried's archive of work contains a wide breadth of subjects, both personal and philosophical, all of which are linked by an unceasing accumulation of critical and practical questions during the realization of projects, questions that can radically alter his approach in any given moment. What is at stake is not so much a work’s completion as its resolution, an attempt to minimize the discrepancies between the material development of each work with their internal logics or intended effects. 

At the center of this exhibition is Derelict V, a new large-scale architectural installation that is a continuation of Fried's series Derelict (1974–1983). Derelict plays upon contrasting scales and paradoxical perspectives of the same simple tableau: a coffee cup resting upon a formica table. Components and materials from the four previous (and distinct) works from the Derelict series are also installed. Derelicts presents work both in-progress and historical, without seeking to establish a priority between the two. Two early videos—Condom (1975) and Intraction (1973)—provide further examples of Fried's vigorously non-linear investigations into the dynamics of authority and decision-making.

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Howard Fried (b.1946, Cleveland, Ohio) lives and works in Vallejo, California.

This exhibition is curated by Jamie Stevens and organized by Leila Grothe. Special thanks to The Box, Los Angeles; Margo Baker; Norah Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University; Ed Gilbert; Jeff Gunderson; Constance Lewallen; Renny Pritikin; Regal Collision Repair; Brett Terpeluk; and Tanya Zimbardo.

Press:

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Howard Fried, "Derelict V," 2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, "Derelict V," 2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, "Derelict V," 2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, "Derelict V," 2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, "Derelict V," 2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, "Derelict V," 2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, Derelicts, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, Derelicts, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, Derelicts, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, Derelicts, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White.
Howard Fried, "Study from Derelict IV using original niche elements (demonstrating binocular divergence and placement in space)," 1983/2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White/
Howard Fried, "Study from Derelict IV using original niche elements (demonstrating binocular divergence and placement in space)," 1983/2016; installation view, Derelicts, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and The Box. Photo: John White/
Howard Fried, "Derelict III," 1977; installation view at SFMOMA, San Francisco. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Derelict III," 1977; installation view at SFMOMA, San Francisco. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Intraction," 1977; installation view at Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Intraction," 1977; installation view at Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Derelict II," 1977; installation view at University Art Museum, Berkeley. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Derelict II," 1977; installation view at University Art Museum, Berkeley. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Condom [schematic]," 1975. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Condom [schematic]," 1975. Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Ghost of the Creamer," 1977 (video still). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Ghost of the Creamer," 1977 (video still). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Condom," 1975 (video still). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.
Howard Fried, "Condom," 1975 (video still). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.