I got the chance to catch Aimee Friberg on a sunny Sunday afternoon whilst on a trip to Los Angeles for her show at Museum & Crane. Aimee is an artist who works with photography, installation and video and a part of LOCZIdesign's designedCOLLECTIVE. She was the co-owner and director of the former Gallery Extrana in Berkeley and now currently directs K Imperial Fine Art and kindly let me ask her a few quirky interview questions about her art:
What are your favorite qualities in woman or a man?
“For me, one of the most important qualities in people is the ability to be present. I want to look someone in the eye and have a real interaction. Whether it’s someone at the rental car counter, or in the gallery — I’m not afraid to be real and have a moment with a stranger. That’s related to my work. I’m into being curious, being in the now. I like the freshness that comes from playing with something in an open, almost naïve way… while my photography is technical in terms of how I’m exposing the light, my sublime moment comes from when I can let go of what’s real or what’s comfortable and be vulnerable."
Who are some of the artist/non visual artists that you dig ?
“When I was at the University of Washington. My mentor, Richard Karpen sat us down and said ‘watch this’. It was Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky. The experience of watching that film has really stayed with me over the years. Something about his way of portraying time, the way he captures light and mood and the unique Tarkovsky-esque psychological space really grabbed me. In subsequent viewings and in my quest to see his other films I’ve thought a lot about why he is particularly effective and why I respond to this. I’m not sure I have any concrete answers, but his films have shaped my visual life and the way I look at film-making and photography."
"Some of the work in the Lost Film Still series are an ode to him. For a few years I curated /programmed films and public programs at SFMOMA. Certainly watching, thinking and writing about film-making with an audience in mind also shaped my art or photography practice. Another film that is important to me is L’Avventura (The Adventure) by Michelangelo Antonioni…he’s another filmmaker that slows down the moment… he lets our eye linger on the wind blowing and uses really beautiful light. I would say, Light is what I pay attention to the most and is what I’m influenced by. Light is my subject. “In my photo ‘Nostalghia’ [above] there’s a monotone horizon. It’s a wash of cool, gray, moving down into this warm dark tone. That image is named after the Tarkovsky’s film because the act of shooting it brought me nostalgia for this film—I felt like I was inside a Tarkovsky film, manifesting something from his world.”
Oh yeah, Paige and I were really enchanted by 'Nostalghia’, and also the ‘New Young,’ I think it was titled?
“Yes,’ The New Young.’ Again, my intention was to portray the really juicy light, the movement, and the energy of catching something that’s moving out of the frame. There’s this film I’m working on and writing currently. I haven’t shot it yet, but this image is similar to that film. It’s about something that lives at the edge of our experience — the edge of our attention. Something that’s not front and center but on the periphery, just out of our focus. I was in love with the light the afternoon I took this photo. My partner was riding that horse. It’s an unseen detail that delights me.”
Keep an eye out for K Imperial Fine Art located at 49 Geary on the 4th floor in San Francisco. There’s an inspiring exhibit titled, “Elements of Day” from Oakland-based Gina Borg, opening reception on Thursday, April 5th from 5 – 7 pm. For more information or to preview the work please contact the gallery at (415) 277-7230 or aimee [at] kimperialfineart [dot] com.