Devra Freelander.

Artist Devra Freelander Killed in Bicycle Accident in New York City

Twenty-eight-year-old New York–based artist Devra Freelander, whose sculptures and video art examined climate change, geological time, and technocapitalism, was killed on Monday when a cement truck hit her while she was biking in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This marks the city’s third bicyclist fatality in a week and the fifteenth this year. The truck driver, seventy-year-old Alan Vega, stayed at the scene. The New York City Police Department reports that investigation into the case is ongoing. 

Freelander was born in New York in 1990 and received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. In March, together with Gracelee Lawrence, she completed a sculptural collaboration, Eventual Artifact, for Times Square Arts as part of the Spring/Break Art Show. She was a founding member of feminist sculptor collective MATERIAL GIRLS, and exhibited her work at Crush Curatorial, the Affordable Art Fair, the New York Design Center, and the RISD Museum.

CIRCA Gallery in Minneapolis, which represented Freelander, said: “Such a talented sculptor and beautiful soul, you are gone far too soon from this earth but forever in our hearts. We are so blessed by the relationship we had, the amazing sculpture you sent our way, and the endless smiles.”