Biography

Barry Freedland's sculpture addresses his ongoing fascination with the intersection of time, technology, human abilities and limitations. His work ranges from minute to large installations and combines playful wittiness with supreme technical expertise and craft. Incorporating interactive, robotic and performance elements, he employs a wide range of materials and concepts that inspire viewers to reflect on human nature and consciousness, and the relationships human beings have with machines and technology and vice versa.

From his use of robots to compose complex drawings; to Painting Machine, a mechanized framework that suspends the artist upside down so he becomes in effect a human paint brush using his hair as bristles; to Barry Pills, consumable art that offers quick fixes into experiencing the artist’s work, Freedland provides glimpses into the extraordinary—in a seemingly ordinary world.

Barry Freedland's work has been exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida; Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Blüetenweiss Gallery, Berlin; the Boston Center for the Arts; Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut; Arlington Museum of Art, Texas; Santa Fe Institute of Art, New Mexico; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Previous projects have been funded by the MetLife Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Trust, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Barry Freedland was born in Detroit, Michigan, and currently works and resides in western Massachusetts.

Dancing Drones
Singapore
Dancing Drones
December 5 – 12, 2014
Mental Floss
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Mental Floss
8 Artists Who Poured Their Heart and Soul Into Their Work NOVEMBER 2011

For many artists, the most personal stamp they put on a piece is their signature. Barry Freedland, on the other hand, uses his identity to create most of his art.

World Sculpture News
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World Sculpture News
Barry Freedland at Sundaram Tagore Gallery July/August 2009

"Since graduating from his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sculpture over 20 years ago, Barry Freedland has been working with robotics and computer programs to make a series of machines to make art for him. He raises questions about the notion of the artist/genius alone in his studio, who pushes the act of creation as far as his physical skills will allow him to."

The Standard
Press
The Standard
I, robot June 2009

"At the Sundaram Tagore Gallery on Wednesday night, an army of robot hands will be creating works of art for the "Synthetic Surrogate" exhibition. The robots, each mad of a rubber cast of Freedland's hand holding a pen attached to the body of a toy car, are programmed to reach to their surroundings. They might dash away as you get close, or be self-conscious and stop working as you watch"

Time Out Hong Kong
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Time Out Hong Kong
Preview: Sythetic Surrogate June 2009

"For his hotly anticipated upcoming show at Sundaram Tagore, Barry Freedland will further his use of technology to explore the issues of artistic agency and human identity in our increasingly tech-enhanced world."

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