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Following on the heels of his wonderfully sublime\, pseudo-s cientific solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center\, "It Is What It Isn't"\, we proudly announce the summer opening of Conrad Freiburg's - "The Blind Light\, the Pyre of Night". In this exhibit\, Freiburg continues to expand on his investigation of what he ter ms\, "the void" - the vast and complex subject matter that for him will lik ely be an on-going\, and perhaps life-long inspiration and pursuit. Freibur g's creative output manifests as a reflection of his interests in Science\, Astronomy\, Outer Space\, Mathematics\, Metaphysics\, Geometry\, Philosoph y\, Music and Poetry. These subjects guide\, organize and influence\, both structurally and conceptually\, the finely crafted objects and sounds that connect the dots of his essence and the formal objects he makes for this ex hibit. Themes of loss\, absence and the unknown –the three interconnected\, though distinct categories Freiburg has determined make up the void\, will pervade in the work on display. Expressed through his fascination with ast ronomy\, the stars\, the universe\, the heroic astronaut who ventures out i nto the magnificent unknown with an insatiable curiosity for discovery\, as well as Freiburg's never-abating concern with temporality and the life cyc le of creation and destruction - all of these elements are central to this exhibits' focus. In the artist's words -"if all of my shows have been s ongs\, this one is a dirge".\n
Whereas the seven sided heptagon reigned supreme as the dominant shape in the work in the Hyde Park Art Cent er\, the 11 sided undecagon takes center stage in this body of work\, start ing with the centerpiece of the exhibit – the piece he titles " The Blind Light"\, which is an acoustical sculpture with elev en sides. Visually\, it is meant to reference a space capsule bobbing in th e ocean after its landing on earth. Inscribed inside it is the slogan "Like an astronaut dispossessed of her ship." In essence and in practice\, it is a performance chamber for musicians to play inside\, concealed from the au dience who remain outside to circumnavigate the object to look and listen. As each are disconnected from the other\, they must rely more heavily on a different set of senses to understand. Sound becomes a new way to see and u nderstand\, blindness inside the capsule a new way to hear and relate. In t he artist's words – "I am thinking about negation of senses or translat ion from one sense to another."\n
Loss is a form of absence\ , which is a form of death\, or simply a certain change in the state of mat ter moving from one form of energy to another\, which therefore means exist ence\, just in a different state. Freiburg gets at these ideas in such piec es as "The Pyre of Night" (which directly connect s to "The Blind Light" in that it is a sculptural representation i n wood\, using mathematical ratios and equivalents to reflect the amount of fuel required for a spaceship to get to the moon) and "Burning Stars"\, which are sculptural incense burners\, based on the undecagon for shape\, that will be peppered throughout the gallery. Smoke will emanate from the holes drilled into their aluminum covers in varying s hapes of constellations. Looking directly into the stars\, or down at the s tars\, remembering our place within the universe both in life and in death are themes throughout the exhibit as well. But creation\, or the translatio n of these ideas into matter - beautiful art - is both the homage to these ideas and their reason.\n
Conrad Freiburg\, raised in Quincy\,
Illinois\, received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute in 2000.
He has shown his work or performed his music in venues throughout the Unite
d States and abroad. He has been the recipient of numerous awards\, includi
ng being named "Chicagoan of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune in 2007. His
work has been reviewed numerous times in Time Out\, New City\, Artnews\, Ch
icago Tribune\, Bad at Sports\, Chicago Public Radio and others. This marks
Freiburg's third solo exhibition at the gallery. He currently works and li
ves in Chicago.