mike rothfeld 

b. 1981, Katonah, NY; lives and works in Oakland, CA

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Mike Rothfeld builds lo-fi, almost-clumsy sculptures that recall set pieces and props for 1970s science fiction films, referring to an era of visual effects that required viewers to suspend their disbelief to be able to imagine an alternative reality. His work has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and the Institute for Contemporary Art, London. His writing has appeared in several issues of Art Practical and other catalog essays. He received his MFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Installation views of Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2017. Photos by JKA Photography.

Work of art in the exhibition:
“It is tomorrow we bury here today.”, 2017
EPS and polyurethane foams, and other related materials
108 x 144 x 132 in.


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Haptic Encounters is a collaborative project with writer and professor Georgina Kleege that investigates how tactile and kinesthetic explorations of works of art can engage all visitors with the possibilities for appreciating art through a non-visual sense.

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Mike Rothfeld was inspired by the folktales “Milk and Honey” and “The City of Luz.”