Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 10am – 12pm
Boardroom, SF Campus
Mike Rothfeld is a project based artist and writer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was awarded a BFA in Photography and Imaging with honors at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2003 and earned a Dual Degree (MFA in Fine Arts and MA in Visual and Critical Studies) at California College of the Arts in 2014. His current practice explores tropes and effects of science fiction through the construction of lo-fi, often clumsy, set pieces and props inspired by movie sets. Using materials that range from the low-tech craft of paper maché to higher-tech items like Arduinos and custom LED systems, he interrogates how such special effects impact the viewer’s ability to imagine new futures, experience temporality, and gauge authenticity. His work has been displayed at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, among other venues. In the summer of 2014, he was invited to participate in the Bay Area Now 7 triennial exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in Art Practical and show “take-aways” for Stairwell’s exhibitions.