Block Ice & Propane is a highly personal multimedia work with Friedlander’s solo cello compositions at the core. Based on recollections of childhood family car vacations, the piece evokes truck stops, long, lonely highways, and stark panoramas. Lyric, plainspoken, and emotional, Friedlander’s stories and music are accompanied by projection of photographs taken by his father, famed photographer Lee Friedlander. Loose and meditative, the work is both valedictory and authoritative.
Development support for Block Ice & Propane provided by The Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Walker Art Center; and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University.