From June 22, 2020 until July 31, 2020
Friedman Benda is pleased to present OrtaMiklos: 6 acts of confinement, the first US solo exhibition of the French and Danish creative duo, OrtaMiklos. On view June 25 through July 31, the exhibition will debut a new body of work divided into six discrete scenes with each act representing a different emotional response to today’s age of social distancing. 
Through explosively energetic and imaginative objects, OrtaMiklos draws from a wide variety of references, such as body movements and contortion, graffiti, and animation. Featuring collaborations with artists including multimedia interaction designer Salomé Chatriot and painter Reginald Sylvester II, the exhibition will create a multidisciplinary experience activated through performance and sound. As many of the creative duo’s ideas begin in guerrilla performances, the physical works on view are visualized as props for an intuitive theater of making, utilizing ad hoc sculpting and coloring processes.
OrtaMiklos was formed in 2016 within the walls of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands by Leo Orta and Victor Miklos Anderson. While working together, they have explored and challenged the traditional precincts of art and design. Generally informed by natural habitats and processes, their experimental approach activates their design works from the existing norms.
OrtaMiklos Portrait: Courtesy of Friedman Benda and OrtaMiklos
OrtaMiklos [Established 2016] Blue Haliclona Sponge - Coral Floor Lamp Series, 2020 Metal mesh, steel, wood, pulp, paint, lacquer, light fittings 69 x 35.5 x 19.75 inches 175 x 90 x 50 cm
OrtaMiklos [Established 2016] Dripping Table, 2020 Steel frame, plexiglass, fiberglass, polyester, pigments, paint 30.25 x 55.25 x 41 inches 77 x 140 x 104 cm
OrtaMiklos [Established 2016] Morphosis TV Bench, 2020 Styrofoam, fiberglass, polyester resin, paint, spray paint, crayons, lacquer 55.25 x 110.25 x 29.5 inches 140 x 280 x 75 cm