Inversion/Submersion by Billy Friebele
ARTIST STATEMENT FOR INVERSION/SUBMERSION
The artworks I create are instruments in the broadest sense of the word. They are tools for observing our surroundings in new ways, recording devices that capture ephemeral movements. They are not utilitarian, but they do produce a type of visual poetry, using time-based rhythms to engage the viewer in a contemplative space that can also be absurd or humorous.
I create projects that respond to natural forces. Yielding control of the outcome of these works decenters humans as the central focus and encourages observation of natural processes. These tactics address environmental threats and encourage viewers to consider the ramifications of our actions within the larger ecosystem – outside of the narrow confines of oneself.