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All over the map

The art is wild and wide-ranging, but it all comes together in the DeCordova Biennial

By Sebastian Smee

Globe Staff / January 29, 2010

LINCOLN - Its virtues are many, but perhaps the best thing about the inaugural DeCordova Biennial is that it forces a response. There’s nothing clinical or antiseptic about this show: It’s an experience. It’s brainy and cool in parts, messy and mashed-up in others. It has moments of beauty that are exquisitely austere and others that have a drenching, irresistible quality, like perfect pop. There are moments of confrontation, too - including one installation, by an artist in his 80s, that dares you not to flee. ...

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Museum And Gallery


The new DeCordova 'Annual,'

By GREG COOK  |  January 26, 2010  

...Bostonian Georgie Friedman's Dark Swell projects rushing lines onto a room-filling white fabric arch that resembles the barrel of a terrific surfing wave. Friedman is one of the most exciting new-media artists in the region, using technology to capture the forces of nature....

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The DeCordova Sculpture Park

(with Doug Kornfeld’s Ozymandius)


The 2010 DeCordova Biennial

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Mass.

Jan. 23-Apr. 11, 2010

Work by 17 New England artists: Greta Bank, Ross Cisneros, Georgie Friedman, Paul Laffoley, Phil Lique, Xander Marro, Christopher Mir, Liz Nofziger, Oscar Palacio, Otto Piene, William Pope.L, Randy Regier, Ward Shelley, Laurel Sparks, Mark Tribe, August Ventimiglia and Karin Weiner

Curator: Dina Deitsch

Funding: Deborah A. Hawkins Charitable Trust


Full house for DeCordova's Biennial exhibit

By Chris Bergeron/DAILY NEWS STAFF

Jan 28, 2010


Revamping a familiar format, the inaugural DeCordova Biennial brings together wildly disparate artists whose genre-busting works reveal seismic changes shaping contemporary art.

Seventeen artists from across New England are showing exciting, often challenging, never boring paintings, videos, photos, collages, installations and slippery performance pieces that defy easy categorization at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum...

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Out of This World

The 2010 DeCordova Biennial

by Edgar Allen Beem

For 20 years the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, mounted annual exhibitions that took the pulse of new art in New England. In 2010, the museum is cutting back its eagerly awaited launching pad show to every two years, but the first DeCordova Biennial (January 23 to April 11) looks to be every bit as artistically adventurous as its more frequent predecessors, a gathering of cutting edge new media, video installations, performances, paintings, sculpture and photographs that celebrates the bizarro world of 21st century art....

Georgie Friedman, named one of Boston's "Rising Stars" by the Boston Globe, is a videographer and photographer who also tends to focus on environmental phenomenon. Her "Geyser" at Boston College last year was a video diptych that depicted a geyser bubbling and erupting on one screen and the sky above the geyser fulminating on another....

The 2010 DeCordova Biennial will be a must-see for those with an interest in the advancement of contemporary art and an instructive awakening to the wonders of new art for those with more traditional interests and tastes.

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Issue # 125, FEBRUARY 14, 2010

Photos from a Big RED night on-the-town at The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park for the opening of The 2010 DeCordova Biennial.



Evan J. Garza on the 2010 DeCordova Biennial

BOSTON    -    The proverbial ice is melting in Boston, where the spring gallery season is starting to heat up. Things are even hotter in the suburb of Lincoln, where the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum recently inaugurated The 2010 DeCordova
Biennial, an exhibition of seventeen artists living and working in New England. Breathing new life into the museum’s recently stale DeCordova ‘Annual’, Assistant Curator and biennial mastermind Dina Deitsch has assembled a strong group of artists that beckons audiences back to the museum in droves. Featuring a veritable spectrum of media, highlights include: Archive, an installation of storage boxes in the museum’s library (each labeled with phrases like “Favorite Zingers & Come Backs” and “Clocks Made From Meat & Skin”) by Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson; the richly wild and colorful paintings of Laurel Sparks and Christopher Mir; Otto Piene’s strobe-light induced inflatable flowers, which deflate, die, and inflate again in a near pitch black room; and the star of the show, Georgie Friedman’s Dark Swell, a giant wave barrel of fabric on which moving blue lines are projected, sweeping the entire room into it’s rolling vortex, which viewers can walk through.


Two artists featured in The DeCordova Biennial will enjoy their own solo exhibitions at commercial galleries...

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image: Georgie Friedman, Dark Swell, 2009-10. Multi-channel video installation, fabric and steel structure, variable dimensions. Courtesy the Artist.

Art, Events & Screenings / The 2010 DeCordova Biennial

The 2010 DeCordova Biennial

by David Tames

Not to be out of step with the Biennial trend sweeping through the museum world, the long-running DeCordova Annual has been transformed this year into the new DeCordova Biennial providing a more extensive survey of New England’s contemporary art scene, which will be occurring, as the name suggests, every other year. This is probably a good step for the museum, which will allow them to devote more time and resources to putting together a more ambitious show, and if this Biennial is any indication, it’s going to be a well received change....

Among my favorite pieces was Georgie Friedman’s “Dark Swell,” a video installation in which you walk through a visual flow of moving water situated in the middle of a dark room. Sound, as well as light comes from multiple perspectives to complete the immersive experience. It was wonderful to stand in the middle of the piece and let my gaze and thoughts wander. You simply have to experience it. Another delight were Ward Shelley’s intricate, hand-drawn timelines which take you through fascinating journeys through calendar time and conceptual space. I simply don’t have time to do justice to all the fine work I saw. ...

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Dark Swell (Georgie Friedman, 2009-2010, multi-channel video installation, fabric and steel structure)

February 15, 2010

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all images, video and other content © georgie friedman

Quote from the video during portion featuring Dark Swell:  “paired back and ineffably beautiful”