BILLY FRIEBELE & MICHAEL DAX IACOVONE
CITY OF GHOSTS
August 20 – September 10, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, August 19 from 5-7pm
WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present City of Ghosts by Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone from August 20th – September 10th, 2016, at Flashpoint Gallery. City of Ghosts is an exhibition that represents the culmination of a year-long residency at the Labs at DC Public Library. Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone, founders of Freespace Collective, have collaborated on a series of artworks that use technologies available in the Fab Lab at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to explore the areas surrounding the library and Flashpoint Gallery. The Maker in Residence Program was sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Tenley/Friendship Library.
Tensions of rapid change and collective amnesia are visualized through maps, crime statistics, 3D printed sculpture, video, and an interactive drawing machine. Together, this work investigates various modes of collecting and archiving the constantly shifting identity of the city. By drawing attention to temporal aspects of the city, FreeSpace Collective is opening a dialogue to memorialize the present, and suggest the possibility of change.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The FreeSpace Collective was founded by artists Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone, who began working together on collaborative video projects in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. FreeSpace Collective focuses on community engagement, public spaces, mapping, and interactivity, with an emphasis on collaboration. They have exhibited in Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Jatiwangi, Indonesia; among other places. FreeSpace Collective is based in Washington, DC.
ABOUT DC PUBLIC LIBRARY and DC PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning, and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity, and to build a thriving city. The DC Public Library Foundation is the District Library’s philanthropic arm, enriching the DC Public Library’s capabilities, resources, and services by forging community connections.
ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media, and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.
CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.
BILLY FRIEBELE & MICHAEL DAX IACOVONE: CITY OF GHOSTS
Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5-7pm (free and open to the public)
August 20 – September 10, 2016
Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment