You are invited to celebrate the opening night of Chants and Prayers at The Mexican Museum on Friday, June 23 from 6-8pm. For nearly forty years, Feldsott’s work has defied easy categorization and has invoked controversial responses from his audience. This exhibit showcases personal selections of Feldsott’s visceral and prolific body of work by Peter Selz, former curator of the MoMa New York and founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum.
Feldsott's provocative installation piece, My Enemy, will be prominently displayed at the 2015 Bioneers Conference. The conference is a variety of speakers and workshops focused on practical and visionary solutions for humanity's most pressing environmental and social challenges.
My Enemy consists of five-foot tall painted silhouettes, kneeling and handcuffed, apparently awaiting execution. Alongside them stand figures of monks aflame, recalling the protesters who self-immolated in Saigon and Tibet. The backdrop is a series of metal plates bearing words in many languages such as: Father, Lover, Sister, Brother, Mother, Friend, Daughter, Son. Visitors will be encouraged to paint images of their own adversaries on blank wooden birds, adding their voices, prayers, or outcries to the sculpture. These painted birds are then hung above the installation piece, becoming one with Feldsott's work.
We encourage you to stop by and visit My Enemy and paint a bird, sending a prayer to your enemy.
Entrance to The Bioneers Conference does require a ticket, but visiting My Enemy is FREE. If you wish to attend the conference as well, please visit http://www.bioneers.org/national-bioneers-conference/ and we have two discount codes: FELDSOTT15- $75 off 3 day pass POLINA15- $50 off one day pass
A small collection of Feldsott's paintings will also be hanging in the auditorium (entrance granted only a Bioneers ticket).
Feldsott: Annunciations brings together works from the 1970s to the present that showcase the artist’s exploration of the formal potentials of disparate materials to articulate what he calls “…the pool of collective memories that we share as human beings. These memories tend to be symbolic, and exist cross-culturally. These don’t belong to one group of people; they’re shared amongst all of us.”
While in his early 20s, Feldsott attracted the attention of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Rolando Castellon, and became one of the youngest artists featured at that institution in 1979. Feldsott then turned his back on the art world and went on a spiritual quest that led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, to Guatemala, and to the Amazon in Ecuador.
Feldsott immersed himself in the traditions of indigenous communities in Central and South America, championed environmental issues and studied with indigenous people for over 20 years. He became a student of traditional medicine, a teacher, healer and most of all a visual allegorist. In 2002, Feldsott reevaluated the importance of showing his work — how sharing his visual annunciations creates a cultural dialogue — and resumed exhibiting his work.