Red Dirt Studio Presents Gayle Friedman The Dangerous Playground

By Editorial Team on November 2, 2020

Sat, 07 November 2020 - Sun, 13 December 2020

Leapfrog: 10.5” x 14.5” x 1.5” Reclaimed bandsaw blade, wood, house paint, 2020
On View: November 7 — December 13, 2020

Visiting Opportunities:

  • Gallery Hours: Fridays 3—6pm And by appointment: 202.641.4248
  • Opening Reception—In Person—November 7, Saturday 3-6pm
  • Opening Reception—Zoom—November 8, Sunday 3-4pm
  • Artist Talk—Zoom—Gayle Friedman & Susan Main, VisArts Curatorial Consultant, Artist,
  • Founder/Director of Cultivate—November 12, Thursday 7-8pm

Red Dirt Studio programming Covid-conscious events requiring registration to limit attendance to safe numbers. For all event information, please go to:

Gayle Friedman’s exhibition, The Dangerous Playground, is an immersive pastel-colored wonderland of bandsaw blades that evokes playful energy in the face of a hazardous world.

Her use of materials makes the danger she encounters in the world tangible. Sharp bandsaw blades threaten to attack, but by handling them with care, Friedman turns them into mischievous and even humorous objects.

In her sculptural works (Jumbo Adventure and Leapfrog), she uses repurposed materials: saw blades, scrap wood and leftover house paint to address her ethical concerns about extracting resources from the earth to put into her art. In the video, Lucidly Dreaming the Playground, she reminds us that truly engaging in the world requires both surrender and intention. Only then can we dream ourselves awake.

All are invited to explore The Dangerous Playground and experience the tension between peril and delight.

Red Dirt Studio is located at 4051 34th St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712.  Reach the studio by phone at (202) 607-9472