b. 1981 Katonah, NY
Mike Rothfeld is an artist living and working in Oakland and San Francisco. He received his MFA in Fine Art and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2014 and his BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU) in 2003.
Rothfeld’s lo-fi, often clumsy sculptures serve as set-pieces and props for the partial science-fiction narratives he imagines while working in the studio. His sculptures display a dedication to play, campiness and the absurd along with an underlying sentiment of melancholy and doom. Concerned by a seeming inability to imagine new and alternative futures, Rothfeld makes work that references an era of visual media effects that required viewers to heavily suspend their disbelief to immerse themselves in an imagined reality.
Rothfeld’s work has been displayed at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA; Alter Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Jan Larsen’s Xpo, Brooklyn, NY; the Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, NY and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England, among other galleries and venues. In the summer of 2014, his work was included in the Bay Area Now 7 triennial exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in several issues of Art Practical and show take-aways for Stairwell’s exhibitions.