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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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  • Einstein for Tom Ford
    2017
    Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas
    56"h x 44"w
    I continue to work with the importance of timeless, historical figures mashed up with the ephemeral nature of fashion all floating on a larger cosmological field of life.

  • Destroyer Of Worlds
    2017
    Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas
    44"h x 56"w
    I continue to work with block text and stencils, combining these with images that address the flighty and frivolous nature of culture.

  • Coyote Trickster
    2017
    Acrylic on Canvas
    30"h x 20"w
    I continue to work with any number of cultural ephemera that I then add layers of importance to so as to focus on the possibility of a talisman effect.

  • The Law of Attraction
    2015
    Oil, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas
    40"h x 56"w
    Utilizing fashionable imagery that is often used to couple desire to need I place a popularized spiritual tagline in the title.Thus addressing misplaced human focus on what is essential.

  • The Thesis Became Clear
    2018
    Graphite on Bristol
    11"h x 14"w
    A series of drawings that combine elements of larger archetypal thoughts in my work while maintaining the feeling of a sketchbook or journal.

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