Shahla Friberg: Redirection


(Los Angeles, CA) Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents Shahla Friberg: Redirection, a solo exhibition of gleaming and reflective new and recent glass sculptures. Featuring both free standing and wall mounted forms of mirrored and stained glass; the unique hand-built construction engages viewers with surprising vistas and visceral experiences of color and light. Radiating like beacons, the sparkling works ultimately alter the viewer’s expectations and, by extension, perception itself.

Friberg’s works are assembled though an open-ended meditative-like process guided by the artist’s intuitions and discoveries. Like forms found in nature such as crystals or minerals, each sculpture grows slowly facet by facet, piece by piece as the ultimate shape is reveled to the artist during the process of building them. Made of hundreds of individual multi-colored panes of differently textures translucent and mirrored glass in a seemingly infinite gradients of colors; the constructions reveal diverse harmonies of rugged shapes and fragments.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a massive wall installation of mirrored glass entitled, Glissando. Taken from the musical term that describes the continuous glide or sweep from one pitch to another; Friberg’s selection of the title underscores her work’s essential relationship with movement. Although static, each sculpture offers a kinetic, immersive experience mediated by the viewer’s movement and interactions. Friberg describes this process as, “a redirection of perspective that focuses on fragments of oneself or one’s surrounding that are unexpected.” Activated and becoming further alive with the daily and seasonal shifts of sunlight reflected in their prism like surfaces; Friberg engages with fundamentals of time, space, and dimension.

Installed at the Thomas Lavin Showroom at the Pacific Design Center and curated by Edward Cella; the exhibition is available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM with appropriate social distancing measures in place. To expand the accessibility of the exhibition; a short new feature documentary by Eric Minh Swenson on the artist’s creative practice is featured in the exhibition’s accompanying online-viewing room.

Shahla Friberg: Redirection is presented concurrently with Between Worlds, a group exhibition of new and recent works by Cathy Daley, Rema Ghuloum, Robert Gunderman, Brad Miller, Lester Monzon, Patti Oleon, Ruth Pastine, Alex Rasmussen, Aili Schmeltz, Chris Trueman and Amir Zaki.


Shahla Friberg (born in Toronto, Canada, 1978) currently lives and works between Los Angeles, CA, and Skåne, Sweden. Her group exhibitions include Diamond Dust, SeeLine Gallery, Los Angeles; Spring Break Art Fair, with Hilde Gallery, Los Angeles; Galleri Lohme, Malmö, Sweden, PARISTEXASLA Gallery, Los Angeles among others. This year, her work was featured in The Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery & Nicodim Gallery for Frieze, Los Angeles; The Stars Look Very Different Today, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Copenhagen, DK; Drive-By-Art, organized by Warren Neidich, Los Angeles; and When You Waked Up the Buffalo, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles. This is her first solo exhibition with Edward Cella.


Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, fabrics, lighting, and accessories to Los Angeles. Founded in the year 2000 by Los Angeles Native Thomas Lavin. Over the years the Pacific Design Center showroom has grown to 19,000 square feet—including an additional 4,000 sq ft added in early 2019—which encompasses a stand-alone showroom for French heritage brand Liaigre. To better serve his clientele in Orange County, San Diego and the dessert communities, Lavin opened a showroom at the Laguna Design Center in 2014.


Edward Cella Art & Architecture is committed to supporting significant established, mid-career, and emerging artists, architects, and designers. Nurturing this hybridity, the gallery uniquely exhibits photography, painting, sculpture, architectural drawings, models, and design objects with an emphasis on the intersection of these disciplines. Edward Cella founded Edward Cella Art & Architecture in 2006, building on his background as an architectural historian with a decade of experience in art advisory and collection management and a passion for collecting architectural drawings and ephemera, as well as contemporary art and erotica. The gallery sustains a curatorial emphasis on discourses surrounding issues of cultural and conceptual significance and has represented historical and under-recognized estates and collections.

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