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Sculptor Karl Friedrich was chosen for his use of light and shadows as color for his sculptures. His art is influenced by landscapes, animals, and human observation.
Friedrich has won first place for Visual Arts from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Art and his sculptures have been represented at the General Mills Corporate Gallery and the Spot Art Gallery in St. Paul. He created a 12-foot painted steel pig for Bob’s Smoke Stack Ribs as a commissioned piece. He also has six sculptures on display in downtown Wabasha, Minnesota.
At the age of sixteen, Friedrich was accepted into Franconia Sculpture Park Intern Program, where he learned how to construct large-scale sculptures. The connections he made there with fellow artists led to his move to New York City where he was invited by Mark di Suvero to apprentice. He later received a full scholarship to Cooper Union, also in New York City, where he rounded out his artistic knowledge.
Friedrich says, “My heart and soul always longed to return to Minnesota. The fresh air and food needed to come back into my life, to feed my brain so I could make the most out of what I had learned. There just needs to be time and materials to accomplish the forms trying to emerge from my hands.”
Karl Friedrich lives and works here in Rochester.
The Söntés Spring/Summer Gallery Exhibition (S/SGE) includes twelve artists whose work is on display at Söntés through September. All pieces are for sale and tend to move around. Every time you dine with us, feel free to move about the restaurant and take in the art. Wander. Absorb. Our house is your house.
Join Us for Thursdays on 1st Every Thursday on the Street!
June 20: Wine Class with Sommelier Barbara Pitcher 6:30 p.m.
(reserve through Barbara ph. 952.358.1285)
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Söntés phone 507.292.1628