A native of New York City, Friedman went to graduate school at MICA. Music has been an important part of her creative process for some time.
“I always listen to music, and I have intense visions while listening to music sometimes,” Friedman says. “So I really enjoy collaborating with musicians, thinking of the visuals of what I’m doing as complimenting the sound.”
Friedman collaborated with the Baltimore band Peals to create a stop-motion animated film, which which will be one of three videos shown as part of “Everything On It.” She also hand cut a series of five sheets of Tyvek, three feet wide by five feet long, which hang in the conference room. A few feet away is Liang’s black swirl, covered with cartoon-style cutouts. It’s called The Worm, named after the break-dancing move which Liang first saw in a video.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘What if there’s a giant worm, and all the people inside the worm are doing ‘The Worm,'” Liang says. “I laughed a little bit and then I started making some drawings and [thought] ‘That’s quite interesting, because a lot of things could happen in a giant worm.'”
Born in Taiwan, Liang moved with his family to Texas when he was 13. Much of the inspiration for his art comes from his youth — books he read, and games he played in elementary school. He graduated from MICA in 2002 and works at the college preparing exhibits. He also co-runs Current Space, a gallery and performance venue.
“Everything On It” will be the first time Liang’s parents have seen one of his exhibits. Through WTMD, he hopes to introduce his work to a new audience of art lovers.
“The work will be visible to many different people,” Liang says. “That part really attracts me. I really like it. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Why name the exhibit “Everything On It?” Is it because the exhibit combines, music, video, installations and murals? No, that’s just how Liang and Friedman like their sandwiches — with ‘everything on it.’