A multimedia artist working in the DC metro region, Billy Friebele creates artwork examining expanded notions of drawing using gps, video, kinetic sculpture, and installation. He is a co-founder of Freespace Collective
and FLEX, a group of artists and curators who produce ephemeralart exhibitions in non-art spaces.
Billy has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Art Museum of the Americas, and the Katzen Center for the Arts. He teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Time is difficult to see. It is constantly flowing around us, yet barely visible. I am interested in highlighting temporal events that occur at the periphery of perception, allowing for a vision of one's surroundings in a more dynamic way.
I am currently developing a series of drawing machines that respond to ephemeral changes in our environment such as human movement and wind currents. I collect antiquated or discarded objects and repurpose them as kinetic sculptures. They can be triggered by digital sensors to make marks on paper in response to external stimuli. These drawings evolve in time with us, before our eyes, but only if we slow down and allow ourselves to be in the current moment.
Concurrently, I am exploring these themes in an ongoing interactive project entitled Walking as Drawing. Participants are given maps and asked to walk in the same area for a given length of time, thinking of their path as a drawing. I collect these traces and combine them into digital animations, prints and 3D models. I am developing an archive of contingent paths chosen in cities around the world, including Cuzco, Peru; Jatiwangi, Indonesia; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York, NY among others.
Capturing ephemeral motion highlights the difficulty of a direct translation of temporal events into static form. Rendering invisible rhythms around us visible gives an appreciation for the fluid nature of our interactions and the fragility of our existence.
Mark Jenkins, In the Galleries: Putting the ‘gold’ in ‘Gold Rush’,
Washington Post, Washington, DC, 7/19/14
John Anderson, Piece of Work: Billy Friebele’s “U St. Chromatic (for Duke)”,
Washington City Paper, Washington, DC, 7/10/14
Claudia Rousseau, Gendankenexperiment brings art, science together,
The Gazzette, Maryland, 7/16/14
Kriston Capps, new. (now). 2013, Washington City Paper, Washington, DC,
Matthew Smith, Artist-Citizen, In This Mixed Media Show The Grittier The
Better, Washington City Paper, Washington, DC, 6/14/2013
Kaleigh Bryant, FLEX Debut Show Combines Art, Real Estate, and Partying,
Washington Examiner, Washington, DC, 5/2/2013
Mallory Lengel, Two SMCM Professors Honored by Arts Council, Lexington
Park Leader, Lexington Park, MD, 5/4/2013
Ryan Teague Beckworth, An Interview with Billy Friebele, Hyattsville Wire,
Hyattsville, MD, 4/19/2013
Mark Jenkins, Billy Friebele, Washington Post, Washington, DC, 12/20/2012
Mark Jenkins, In Our Hood, Washington Post, Washington, DC, 6/21/2012
Jessica Bryce Young, Culture 2 Go: You Are Here, Orlando Weekly, Orlando,
2011 Cate Mcquaid, Drawings Spark An Edgy Dialogue, Boston Globe, Boston,
Cara Ober, Eye to Eye: There’s Nothing Daily About that Routine of Yours,
Urbanite Magazine, Baltimore, MD, 10/31/2011
Mark Jenkins, Billy Friebele at Civilian, Washington Post, Washington, DC,
Blake Gopnik, Art Review: Michael Dax Iacovone and Billy Friebele’s Free
Space, Washington Post, Washington, DC, 11/11/2010
Jessica Dawson, Storefront exhibits offer artists a different kind of exposure,
Washington Post, Washington, DC, 1/1/2010
Joseph Alexio, There’s Art in Odd Places Along 14th Street, Paper Magazine,
New York, NY, 10/5/2009