Interview w/ Adam Feibelman

Adam Feibelman is a San Francisco based artist who is known best for his stencil and cut paper based works. Through an intricate process of hand-cut stencils and enamel painting, he explores the relationship between our perceptions of the temporary and the eternal, uncovering the stories we have transcribed on an urban landscape filled with utilitarian objects. He's also a great guy, and we wanted to see how things are going for him these days.

Adam Feibelman in front of his work.

Adam Feibelman in front of his work.

So Adam, what's been going on?

Other than biking and playing soccer, and general mischief, since my show last year at Guerrero Gallery, all kinds of stuff has been going on, from completing a commission for the new 49ers stadium (can't show the images yet), to winning the San Francisco Herradura barrel art deal (only to lose out on 100k down in Miami,,yeessshhh), it's been a whirlwind. Right now I am working on a commission for a restaurant in Mill Valley, that's going to be crazy. On the day to day though, I have been working on new things, doing a lot of experimenting, having a good time in my studio. 

Winning the San Francisco Herradura barrel art deal

Winning the San Francisco Herradura barrel art deal

Working on any upcoming shows? 

Currently I am working on a group show that will be over at The Battery in September, then prepping for a residency at the Tamarind Institute of lithography in October.

What artist in the Bay Area are you excited about right now?

I was down in LA and went to a show at Cherry and Martin with a SF Bay Area and New Orleans based conceptual artist named Lew Thomas (I think he runs a gallery in NO now, but has a home here too), that blew me away. He was one of the brains behind some of the Bay Area's most influential art, photography, concept, and visuals based books, that were the jumping off point for artists like Cindy Sherman, Baldessari, and a whole slew of amazing artists. 

The show was photo collages that were just technically dumbfounding, they were older works (from the 70's) so they were all shot with film, but the fact that they were photos wasn't the point, although beautiful as. He worked the collages of photos as descriptions of objects, like one was five or six photos of a yard stick collaged together so it was perfectly lined up and exactly 36"... I don't know if anybody else gets off on that, but he also uses the photo medium to describe time through the collages, so a camera set up that snaps a photo every fifteen minutes so through the collage you see a period of time pass by. At any rate I found that show and his work really struck a cord with me, to the point of considering selling a kidney to own one, haahhaaaa. 

Stencil cutout by the San Francisco based Adam Feibelman

Stencil cutout by the San Francisco based Adam Feibelman