Dianna Frid

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A Brontology Instance (from the series Engines of Weather), 2008, Mixed media on paper, 12x9”. Image courtesy the artist and Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago.

The works on paper included in Dianna Frid’s show at the Clough-Hanson Gallery highlight a particular segment of the artist’s work, which also includes installations, sculptures and artist’s books.  A main current running through all of Frid’s work is the re-imagining of natural phenomena. In writing about the work Chicago art historian Lori Waxman invokes a word used by the Ancient Greeks, aporia, to describe the way Frid’s work strives to capture the “amazement that can be felt before the confusing puzzles of the universe.”  It is here, in the artist′s drive to examine the arrests caused by wonderment that we find the heart of this extraordinary show. 

Dianna Frid was born in Mexico City and migrated to Vancouver, Canada with her family in 1983.  She presently lives in Chicago where she works at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Her work has been featured in one person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; neues kunstforum in Cologne, Germany; Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago; Gahlberg Gallery at the College of Du Page; and at Esso Gallery in New York.  Her work has appeared in Time Out Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and ArtForum. 
Additional information about the artist and her work can be found on her website:  www.diannafrid.net