Billy Friebele’s live work “Decomposition #1” demonstrates how we make predictions about the world around us and within us to explore phenomenological experiences. Watch the progression from 12pm -5pm as a photograph will become distorted while ice melts, ink is then released from the page, and marker draws as the water level rises – a comentary and experimental piece on climate change. This is a durational piece and viewers can check in at any time through the five hours.
The sculptural installations in this show speak to our environmental realities, a macro- and micro-study, as we are faced with the complex truths of our organic world. “Empirical evidence” is a scientific construct waiting to be challenged. As time moves forward, new data and variables challenge our beliefs and systems of knowledge.
About the Artist
Billy Friebele (b. 1977, Washington, DC; lives and works in Washington, DC) explores the space between technology, humans, and nature through hybrid combinations of physical forms and digital processes. His artwork spans kinetic sculpture, video, drawing, installation and sculpture. Friebele has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Art Museum of the Americas, the Katzen Center for the Arts, and the Kreeger Museum among other venues nationally and internationally. Central to his research and teaching are a concern for the tension between our mediated digital experience and the materiality of the environment. He earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Billy Friebele is an Associate Professor of Art at Loyola University Maryland.
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