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.