Full Artist's statement
Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist. The recipient of two Arts and Humanities Fellowships in Theatre (2017, 2018) and a Projects, Events, and Festivals grant (2019) from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 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’s lived in Washington, D.C. since 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 50 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 weeklong 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), performed Broadway musicals over pay phones (Rent This Phone, Fiddler on the Phone), hand squeezed 1,443 cups of Florida orange juice (Fresh Squeezed), recited anonymous, real-time tweets written by a live, in-person audience (#txtshow), and said “Macbeth” 17,121 times in a theater (Brian Feldman’s William Shakespeare’s Macbeth); among the 300+ performances of 115+ 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 is in the collection of the National Museum of American Jewish History, and has been presented at over 175 venues and festivals including 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.), Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (FL), FringeArts (PA), FringeNYC at The Kraine Theater (NY), Hard Rock Live Orlando (FL), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (D.C.), Jack Kerouac House (FL), Kogod Courtyard at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery (D.C.), LOVE Park (PA), Morean Arts Center (FL), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD), The Mr. Roboto Project (PA), Orlando City Hall (FL), 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), Washington Improv Theater (D.C.), and six Wawa® stores (D.C./FL/PA).
Artists and groups Brian has collaborated with include Mark Baratelli, Hayley Cutler (darlingdance.com), Heather Henson, Tisse Mallon, Irene L. Pynn, Jeremy Seghers (j.mp/AMAZiNG), Thomas Thorspecken (j.mp/AudienceSketch), Jack Fields (theresathinginthere.com), 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, Creative Loafing Tampa, The Hindu (India), The Jerusalem Post, Jewish Exponent, The Miami Herald, Montreal Gazette, The New Indian Express (India), The New York Times, Orlando Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Weekly, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Annual, tbt* Newspaper, Tampa Bay Times, Time Out New York, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, The Week Magazine; blog: AnalogArtistDigitalWorld.com, ARTINFO.com, DCist, Mashable, Newshub (NZ), 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 Dishwasher (Pittsburgh Fringe Festival) (Apr. 4-7), 24 Second Embrace (Apr. 10), and Wawa® Shabbawa (University City) (May 3).
(as of March 2019)