Jake Fried is a painter turned animator. As his painting practice evolved, he became interested in the way the image changed over time, leading him to animate the evolution of his paintings. Fried works with ink and white correction fluid, sometimes adding gouache, collage and even coffee to generate hallucinatory stop motion animations. He modifies and photographs the artwork over and over to create an image that evolves rapidly over the course of the short (typically one-minute long) video.
His animations have been shown internationally, including at the Tate Modern, Christies and the Sundance Film Festival. His work has been commissioned by Adult Swim, Netflix, and shown in numerous art galleries around the world. Superchief Gallery NFT was proud to present his sold out exhibition Maximum Effort, Minimum Reward in 2021.
He currently teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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Fried’s foray into the NFT realm not only elevates the quality of work discussion for all animators, it immortalizes an incredibly painstaking process - call it a MAXIMUM EFFORT. In artworks captured one frame at a time and destroyed through creation - these motion paintings continually regenerate themselves.
Juxtapoz | Jake Fried "MAXIMUM EFFORT: OUT OF NOTHING, INTO NOTHING" @ Superchief Gallery NFT, NYC
UP Magazine | Contemporary Animator Jake Fried "Maximum Effort: Out of Nothing, Into Nothing" Genesis NFT Drop + Solo Exhibition