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Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist and actor. The recipient of three Arts and Humanities Fellowships in Theatre (2017, 2018, 2021) 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 lives in Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.

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*: Part I & II), 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), explored the subject of friendship (BFF / VFF), remained inside of a playable arcade game for 16 hours (The Skill Crane Kid), hugged his father for 24 hours inside of a boxing ring on Father’s Day (24 Hour Embrace (after Young Sun Han)), hugged his mother for 24 minutes in 3 cities (Orlando, D.C., Philadelphia) on Mother’s 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 the phone (Fiddler on the Phone, Little Phone of Horrors, Rent This Phone), hand squeezed ~1,558 cups of Florida orange juice (Fresh Squeezed), performed over 100 crowdsourced scripts written anonymously in real-time by audiences in-person (#txtshow (irl)) and online (#txtshow (on the internet)), and said “Macbeth” 17,121 times in a theater (Brian Feldman’s William Shakespeare’s Macbeth); among the 300+ performances of 125+ projects he has presented since August 2003 through Brian Feldman Projects, one of the world’s premier 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 18th & Union (WA), Adelaide FringeVIEW (Australia), 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.), Charm City Fringe (MD), Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (FL), FringeArts (PA), The Greater Manchester Fringe (UK), Hard Rock Live Orlando (FL), Hirshhorn National Museum of Modern Art (D.C.), Jack Kerouac House (FL), Kogod Courtyard at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery (D.C.), The Kraine Theater (NY), LOVE Park (PA), Melbourne Fringe (Australia), Minnesota Fringe (MN), Morean Arts Center (FL), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD), The Mr. Roboto Project (PA), Orlando Fringe (FL), Orlando Museum of Art (FL), SAK Comedy Lab (FL), St Lou Fringe (MO), SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival (VA), Tampa Museum of Art (FL), Washington Improv Theater (D.C.), six Wawa® stores (D.C./FL/PA), and on the internet.

Artists and groups that 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/SketchesAudience), Jack Fields (j.mp/WorksofJackFields), Kristina Wong (kristinawong.com), and Voci Dance. He was also one of the final participants in Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present at MoMA (j.mp/Day72Portrait45).

Brian Feldman Projects have garnered worldwide media coverage, including television: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, MSNBC, Today Show (NBC), World News Now (ABC); radio: CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS News, CNN Radio, NPR Morning Edition, SiriusXM, WAMU; print: Baltimore Magazine, Communication, Culture & Critique (ICA), The Globe and Mail, The Hindu, The Jerusalem Post, The Miami Herald, Montreal Gazette, The New Indian Express, The New York Times, Orlando Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Weekly, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Annual, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Time Out New York, The Washington Post, The Week Magazine; online: Analog Artist Digital World, Australian Arts Review, DCist, DC Metro Theater Arts, Mashable, No Proscenium, Phindie, Washingtonian; and podcasts.

Brian made his professional acting debut at age 10 with Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Since then, he has performed in over 50 movie (j.mp/theindiaproject), television, and theatrical productions; working on projects by Academy Award®-nominee David Fincher, and three Academy Award®-winners (Steven Spielberg, Gore Verbinski, Taika Waititi) in the process.

Current projects include staying at home, washing his hands, social distancing, and patiently awaiting vaccination phase 3.

(as of January 2021)


All work by Brian

Brian Feldman
2011, 43" W x 34" D x 75" H, Interactive Performance Installation
Brian Feldman
2011, 43" W x 34" D x 75" H, Interactive Performance Installation
Brian Feldman
2010, Performance