Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Conrad Freiburg

Conrad Freiburg was born Champaign, IL in1978 but was raised in Quincy, IL along the Mississippi River. Freiburg has a fairly extensive education. In 1995, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute as a part of the studio program there. Freiburg also went to the Glasgow School of Art in 1999 for their Exchange Program, where he was a part of the Sculpture Department. On top of all that, he attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Conrad Freiburg's clever contraptions require audience participation, but viewers' actions can sometimes lead to destruction. The artist's exquisite handiwork doesn't exist for its own sake — it always serves a set of ideas. For his second exhibition at Linda Warren Gallery, Freiburg reflects on the Declaration of Independence and the fate of our freedoms, with 13 antiquated-looking gadgets translating the document's clauses into sculpture. Meanwhile, an installation featuring small wood forms (representing individuals and the masses) and a hand-cranked "voting machine" gives visitors the choice to raise or lower concrete blocks — thereby demolishing or preserving Freiburg's creations.

The Slipping Glimpser, 2006

ash wood, wire, metal and rope kinetic sculptural installation

140 h. x 280 x 672 inches

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..than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed, 2008

oak, poplar, concrete, hammer, wire, rope

24" x 14" x 8"

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Treehouse 1, 2002

dracina marginata plant, wood, string

6’ h. x 3’ w. x 3 d.

Photos/Information: http://www.lindawarrengallery.com/artists/freiburg/index.shtml

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