Full Artist's statement
Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist. The recipient of two Arts and Humanities Fellowships in Theatre from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2017, 2018), a 2011 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship (Interdisciplinary), and three grant awards from United Arts of Central Florida (2008, 2011, 2015), he has also been named Best Performance Artist by Orlando Weekly (2008, 2009) and Washington City Paper (2018). He moved to Washington, D.C. in February 2012.
Best known for leaping off of a ladder 366 times over 24 hours (Leap Year Day), eating dinner on stage with his real life family – in front of paying audiences – over 40 times (The Feldman Dynamic) and, five years prior to same-sex marriage being legally recognized in the state of Florida, legally marrying a stranger in support of marriage equality via a game of spin-the-bottle (Brian Feldman Marries Anybody*), he has also lead group tours in Google-translated Swedish through IKEA® (ChanuIKEA®), organized and hosted a week-long read-a-thon on a library rooftop (67 Books), remained inside of a playable arcade game for 16 hours (The Skill Crane Kid), hugged his father for 24 hours on Father’s Day inside of a boxing ring (24 Hour Embrace (after Young Sun Han)), hugged his mother for 24 minutes in 3 cities (Orlando, D.C., Philadelphia) in one day (24 Minute Embrace), performed a cabaret by request in a hotel room (Brian Feldman’s Under the Covers), washed dishes and performed monologues in over 60 homes across the U.S. and India (Dishwasher), and said “Macbeth” 17,121 times in a theater (Brian Feldman’s William Shakespeare’s Macbeth); in addition to the more than 115 other projects he has presented since August 2003 through Brian Feldman Projects, one of North America’s premiere presenters of experimental time-based art.
His work has been presented at such venues and events as the American Poetry Museum (D.C.), Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (FL), Art in Odd Places Orlando (FL), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), Backyard (Chennai, India), CalArts (CA), Capital Fringe (D.C.), Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (D.C.), Charm City Fringe (MD), DC Arts Center (D.C.), FringeArts (PA), FringeNYC (NY), Hard Rock Live Orlando (FL), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (D.C.), Kogod Courtyard at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery (D.C.), Morean Arts Center (FL), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD), The Mr. Roboto Project (PA), Orlando Fringe (FL), Orlando Museum of Art (FL), Painted Bride Art Center (PA), SAK Comedy Lab (FL), SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival (VA), Tampa Museum of Art (FL), and... Wawa® (D.C./FL).
Artists and groups Brian has collaborated with include Mark Baratelli, Hayley Cutler, Jack Fields (theresathinginthere.com), Heather Henson, Tisse Mallon, Irene L. Pynn, Jeremy Seghers, Thomas Thorspecken, Kristina Wong and Voci Dance. He was also one of the final participants in Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present at MoMA (j.mp/Day72Portrait45).
Brian Feldman Projects have garnered worldwide media coverage, including television: World News Now (ABC), Jimmy Kimmel Live!, MSNBC, Today Show (NBC); radio: CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS News, CNN Radio, NPR Morning Edition, SiriusXM, WAMU; print: Baltimore Magazine, The Hindu (India), The Miami Herald, Montreal Gazette, The New Indian Express (India), Orlando Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Weekly, tbt* Newspaper, Tampa Bay Times, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, The Week Magazine; blog: 3 News (NZ), AnalogArtistDigitalWorld.com, ARTINFO.com, Mashable, The New York Times, Washingtonian; and podcasts.
Additionally – Brian has extensive experience as an actor, having made his professional acting debut at age 10 with Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Since then, he has performed in over 50 film (j.mp/theindiaproject), television and theatrical productions; working with four Oscar®-nominated directors in the process.
Upcoming projects include West Side Phone Story (Sep. 26), Wawa® Shabbawa (Oct. 19), and The Feldman Dynamic: 8 Wards of Chanukah (Dec. 2-9).
(as of June 2018)