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Oneonta Sculptors ‘Terrible Beauty’ Opens
With Airy Mesh, Richard Friedberg Captures…

Nature’s Might

Oneonta Sculptors ‘Terrible Beauty’ Opens At Munson-Williams-Proctor

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

(Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

As 2010 arrived, Richard Friedberg was feeling “dispirited, unhappy that we did not have a great chance of solving our environmental problems, our climate problems.”

“I needed a change,” said Friedberg, who has a studio in a Harpersfield barn, halfway from Oneonta to Stamford.

Richard Friedberg, above, discusses “Oil Fire,” inspired by Isis’ 2017 bombing of Iraqi oil wells. At right, he pauses in front of “Fire Storm.” Both are in “Terrible Beauty,” at the M-W-P.

Then, on April 20, change arrived: BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded; 11 workers died, 17 more were injured. After two days of billowing flames, the rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil – 60,000 barrels a day at the peak – began to pour through a ruptured riser.

What resulted was the largest oil spill in history.

The artist had found his muse.

Friedberg had watched “the incredible fire.” He was “compelled by the awesomeness of the catastrophe.”

In the Atrium of Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute the other day, where his show, “Terrible Beauty,” will run from Saturday, Feb. 27, through May 30, he searched for the right word to describe the disaster.

“Apocalyptic,” he said.

Fox Hospital Takes Top Award In Canstruction Competition

Fox Hospital Takes Top Award

In Canstruction Competition

Members of the A.O.Fox Canstruction team Cassie Howe, Michaela Warner, Theresa Bushée and Nicole Brew stand with their food can fox which won the Best Use of Labels Award at this year’s Canstruction event at the Southside Mall. Other awards included: Best Meal Award went to SUNY for their rocket, Best integrity Award went to  Sigma Gamma Phi and Alpha Phi Delta for their bacon and eggs in a frying pan,  and SUNY ‘s Her Campus Club took the  Juror’s Favorite Award for their Sushi and Soy Sauce. Teams from around the area used canned goods to create sculptural works of art using 6,336 cans. They will be on display at the Southside Mall through next Friday when the People’s Choice Award will be given and all the canned good distributed to fifteen area food banks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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