The paintings of Yisrael Feldsott are fascinating because they present a dilemma: Are they whimsical, serious or disturbing? At first glance, his Soldier above might be a movie poster depicting Inspector Clouseau being drafted. Looking closer, the shell shocked blank eyes dismiss any thought of humor, and the running paint might represent blood.
After success as an artist in the Bay Area in the 1970’s, Feldsott spent time in South America as an activist involved with endangered cultures and ecologies. That influence shows in Fire on the Mountain above, and Wolf Spirits below.
Feldsott’s paintings are part of a group show at Paul Mahder Gallery, featuring ten artists and their paintings, watercolors, statues, drawings, along with digital creations and photography.
Opening reception at Paul Mahder Gallery
is Thursday, May 21, 2009, 6 - 9pm.
The exhibit will be on display through July 19, 2009.
by Phil Gravitt