• MFA in Fine Arts

  • Andrea Gonzalez
    Byron Peters
    Jacob Wick
    Jaimie Healy
    Jordan Reznick
    Jsun Charles-Jeremiah Parizo
    Julia Robertson
    Julie Feldman
    Kenny Kong
    Nan Peletz
    Sadie Harmon
    Sara Sellitto
    Seth Gutierrez
    Tiffany Canter
    Tim Power
    Zoe McCloskey

  • Michael Rothfeld - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    Michael Rothfeld

    Group Portrait
    Untitled Structure #1(exterior)
    Untitled Structure #1(interior)
    Untitled Structure #1(interior)
    Untitled Structure #1(interior)
    It's a trap! / Reductio ad absurdum
    Untitled (Working title)
    Lost another one.

    Group Portrait

    Approx. 24" x 42" x 38"

    mixed media, 2012

    Untitled Structure #1(exterior)

    Approx. 10' x 10' x 9'

    mixed media, 2012

    Untitled Structure #1(interior)

    Approx. 10' x 10' x 9'

    mixed media, 2012

    Untitled Structure #1(interior)

    Approx. 10' x 10' x 9'

    mixed media, 2012

    Untitled Structure #1(interior)

    Approx. 10' x 10' x 9'

    mixed media, 2012

    It's a trap! / Reductio ad absurdum

    Dimensions variable

    mixed media, 2012

    "Mountains should be seen, not heard." (Working title)

    Approx. 25" x 25" x 6" (1:12 scale model)

    mixed media, 2013

    Untitled (Working title)

    Approx. 45" x 45" x 15"

    mixed media, 2013

    Lost another one.

    35" x 24" x 40"

    mixed media, 2013

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    Untitled Structure #1(interior) thumbnail
    Untitled Structure #1(interior) thumbnail
    Untitled Structure #1(interior) thumbnail
    It's a trap! / Reductio ad absurdum thumbnail
    Untitled (Working title) thumbnail
    Lost another one. thumbnail

    mikerothfeld@gmail.com

    michaelrothfeld.com

    Artist Statement

    My work points to the construction of visual and perceptual systems which are often taken for granted or assumed to be natural or given. By creating ruptures in a viewer’s visual experience, I seek to create reverberations that cause a viewer to question other assumed truths in their life.

    Operating within a multi-disciplinary and project based practice, I primarily make architectural installations and life-size, sculptural tableaus both of which include new-media elements. Imagery from science fiction and fantasy are my source materials and set and prop construction techniques borrowed from the theatre are the basis for my methods of production.

    I use different levels and qualities of finish on the objects and visual elements within a piece to make the viewer question the realness of the different components. This questioning is not only in relation to remembered objects from the viewer’s daily life but in comparison to other objects or components within the piece itself. The varied levels of detail create a visual hierarchy amongst the components of the piece. The disparity in detail also asks the viewer to fill in the blanks and complete the environment to a level they are comfortable with based on the systems I have visually provided.