Please note that Republic Gallery is closed to ensure the health and safety of our community and to flatten the curve of COVID-19. This exhibition has now become accessible online, titled Line of sight.
Line of sight is an online exhibition of Noah Friebel’s show Passage at Republic Gallery. The tightly constrained movement of these videos mimic potential embodied viewing to consider the optical and bodily conditions of sight and the possibilities and limitations of representing space.
In a moment when our own possibilities for movement are greatly restricted (and perhaps repetitive) these looped sequences consider some basic questions of repetition, stasis, and vision.
Passage brings together a body of recent photographic works by Noah Friebel centred on the picturing of architected spaces. Friebel’s works utilize both depicted and actual space to consider the ways in which we are affected by and internalize structures within our built environment.
Depicting a variety of locations, the places pictured share a common tension between their historic practical purpose and their current aesthetic function. Many of the images included in this body of work are of barriers found on the border between public and private space. For Friebel, this sociopolitical and economic space serves as an allegorical conflict that runs parallel with artistic conflicts that grapple with the border of inner and outer spaces.
Friebel’s images are enclosed in framing devices that physically repurpose and visually disrupt the motifs within the image. These framing devices, both handmade and mechanically produced, become extensions of the images and allow possible sites for the pictures to inhabit. Through their physicality, the works presented in Passage open new views into photography’s representation of urban and domestic architecture, engaging the body in the act of viewing to better consider the influence of these spaces and generate new spatial encounters.
Please note that this exhibition is only accessible by stairs.