Donald Friedlich

Donald Friedlich

Madison, WI

"Donald Friedlich's jewelry has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and many others. Friedlich has lectured at universities and conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, most recently at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art as a James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist and as the keynote speaker at the 2016 Society of North American Goldsmith (SNAG) conference in Asheville, NC. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and former SNAG president, Friedlich has been an artist-in-residence at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Australian National University, Tainan National University of Art in Taiwan, the California College of Art, and many others. 

Lumina Series

For many years Donald Friedlich's work has explored qualities unique to jewelry as a medium. In his Lumina Series brooches and necklaces he focuses on the fact that when worn, jewelry is viewed in motion. Many of these designs call attention to this quality by dramatically shifting color or deepening in color intensity depending on the angle of the viewer and the movements of the wearer. From some angles they're reminiscent of internally lit neon tubes, full of color and saturated with light, while from other angles the color fades or disappears entirely. To achieve this effect, he uses custom-made sheets of dichroic glass that are diffused through frosted surfaces to soften the material's typical harsh appearance. Friedlich further takes advantage of advanced UV curing adhesives. His Lumina Series brooches are inspired by the color field paintings of Mark Rothko, the sculptures of Dan Flavin and James Turrell, but even more so by the moonlight softened by cloud cover or fog that he often sees through the window of his studio in Madison, WI. "


Donald's work is featured in Pistachio's Spring 2020 Exhibition: Peculiar Settings. 

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