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 Georgie Friedman | Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Friday, January 8th, 2016

12:55 – 1:45 PM

Peter Irving Wold Center Atrium, Second Floor

Free and open to the public.

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Slippery Slope

Site-specific, multi-channel, video installation on existing architecture (no audio)

Peter Irving Wold Center Atrium, Union College, Schenectady, NY


Installation photos

In Slippery Slope, Friedman merges waterfall footage, filmed locally, and the architecture of the Peter Irving Wold Center, with the intent of highlighting our natural, built, and digital environments.

She selected the underside of Wold’s third floor staircase as the site for this installation, responding to its angles, length, and slide-like quality. While researching the area around Union College, Friedman chose to film in the Plotter Kill Preserve because of its steep waterfalls and the gorge’s ancient geological history, "[it] was cut by melt waters at the close of the ice ages about 10,000 years ago."1 Friedman paired the prehistoric natural ledges and stream with the modern construction of the stairs, allowing their forms to echo each other.

With the intention of pushing this pairing, and the non-literal representation of the waterfall, to a more psychological or philosophical space, Friedman’s usage of the title, Slippery Slope, asks viewers to consider: the possible dangers and/or rewards involved in navigating natural (or interpersonal) terrains; our responsibility to protect our natural environments to ensure they are not usurped by urban/industrial development or climate shifts; and what if in the future, our only knowledge/experience of “landscape” or “nature” is through digital representations?


Art Installation Series: Wold Atrium Exhibition

Embracing the Peter Irving Wold Center as an area of shared ideas and interdisciplinary learning, the Mandeville Gallery presents a new artwork by Georgie Friedman as part of the ongoing Art Installation Series.

Based on the highly successful Art Installation Series currently on display in the Schaffer Library, artist Georgie Friedman was invited to create a site-specific video installation piece exclusively for the atrium area of the Peter Irving Wold Center. She will be installing her work Monday, January 4, through Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 9am to 5pm. Students, faculty, staff and the public will be able to view the artist at work, informally interact, and observe the creative process in real time. The project culminates in an artist talk on Friday, January 8th, and the artwork will remain on display through November 2016.

Read more: full exhibit info

Peter Irving Wold Center Atrium, Second Floor

Union College

807 Union St. 

Schenectady, NY 12308

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Sponsored by the Mandeville Gallery, Union College

Curator contact info

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Georgie Friedman, Slippery Slope, digital mock-up, 2015

Slippery Slope

Art Installation Series: Wold Atrium Exhibition

Union College | Schenectady, NY

January – November 2016