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Fred Fleisher
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: Short statement: I find significance in unnoticed things. I make associations with disparate cultural elements. Think of plush talismans, pro wrestling melding with religion, fashion and Walt Whitman. Piloting a starship through culture I use multiple mediums, across disciplines to communicate the message. Long statement: Much of my work practice employs contemporary and vintage images and objects that allow me to address the cultural noise that surrounds our everyday lives, asking imperative, yet often neglected, questions. Why do people live in a constant state of medium to high alert? What is it that is being masked? What is looked for via self-help and spiritual texts? Mining aspects of life and culture, I make visible things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Distant memories may hover in my work, but I'm most interested in a transference of the objects into something beyond their original meaning. With use of vibrant color and popular cultural icons, my work provides a portal into a Jungian-like unconscious, collective dream state. Hovering and vibrating, I subvert above and below states of mind, humorously yet poignantly provoking the viewer to consider answers. Formulating ideas I remain open to any and all media that are necessary to achieve the intended result. Thus, my practice is interdisciplinary and this cross media methodology finds its way into my sculptures, installations, paintings and drawings.
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