Billy Friebele




Artist building wall drawing



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, a group of artists who produce collaborative community-based projects. 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 Loyola University Maryland.









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Change surrounds and consumes us, yet the process is barely visible to our eyes. Merging technology with found objects, I amplify cognizance of time. Collecting forms from my environment, I explore the latent potential in common and disposable materials by incorporating them into kinetic structures. These artworks reveal disregarded aspects of our everyday lives and highlight temporal events that occur at the periphery of perception.

I use art as a vehicle to try to experience new things and see from a different perspective. Recent projects involving microcontrollers and sensors have allowed me to set up situations where the work unfolds in time, often in surprising directions. The devices I create are hybrid tools that react to external stimuli by recording changes in the immediate environment. I make works that are open-ended, always in a state of change. In this way, the time-based experience is prioritized, and the process of creation and/or destruction becomes an analog for the natural process of growth and decay that we are faced with.

Contingency, the reliance of one thing upon another, is also important. While it can be humorous, like a Rube Goldberg contraption, chain reactions also point to a more connected understanding of our surroundings than what is projected to us in the individualized capitalist ideology. For one object to be connected, and rely upon, another is a state of delicate balance and interdependence.










Mark Jenkins, In the Galleries: A sweeping riff on the circle at the Hirshhorn,
Washington Post, Washington, DC, 9/3/16

Deborah Fallows, How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces,
The Atlantic, 3/11/16


Emily Codik, These Two Local Artists Got $25,000 From the DC Public Library Foundation,
Washingtonian, Washington, DC, 10/16/15

Staff, 'Makers-In-Residence' Let Their Imaginations Roam Free At The DC Public Library,
DCist, Washington, DC, 10/5/2015

Caroline Jones, 'Uncensored: Information Antics' at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,
Washington City Paper, Washington, DC, 9/25/15


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

John Anderson, Drawing Machines,
Interantional Sculpture Center, 9/17/14

Claudia Rousseau, Gendankenexperiment brings art, science together,
The Gazzette, Maryland, 7/16/14

Kate Zambon, New Art Exhibit Explores Concept of Thought Experiments,
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Washinton, DC, 7/23/14


Kriston Capps, new. (now). 2013,
Washington City Paper, Washington, DC, 8/9/2013

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, FL, 3/1/2012

2011 Cate Mcquaid, Drawings Spark An Edgy Dialogue,
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, 11/2/2011


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, 6/23/2011


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