100 Creatives

28: Nathan Feller

28: Nathan Feller

Nathan Feller's illustrated installations include dental work, hands, rabbits, gas stations, whales and condoms (though not typically in the same setting). They're all unusual, yet daily characters and elements that act together and ultimately require any audience to think. His goal: To uncover what is behind familiarity. He has this to say about what he does:

"My work exists as the print as the original and not as a reproduction. They are a reflection of humankind -- a portrayal of how foolish we can become in our lives with the things we choose to do in our lives."

Read more about Feller after the jump ...

1. List five things on your wall of inspiration (real or imaginary):
I have so many things on my wall, I just want to say everything. However, I do have some pieces that I find myself looking at in amazement like it was the first time.
- A beautiful etching by a contemporary artist living in the old Eastern Bloc countries.
- An old Russian Chromolithograph modeling various corals and sponges.
- "The Sampling" by Michael Barnes.
- A large engraving "Hare and Fetish" by Oscar Gillespie.
- Various prints and postcards by friends and colleagues from different times in my life.

2. What was your last big project?

My last big project was my show "Misc. & Etc." this July at Five15 Arts. I was really excited to get back into using prints as installation work again. It really was a great show and people had so much fun interacting with the work.

3. What's your next big project?
It's the fall, so I'm pretty busy teaching. But I do have a project in mind that I want to do video work on with my brother Karl. I'll be building a miniature set with my prints and then he'll be doing all of the videography and special effects. It'll be a slow process, but in the end, I think it will be pretty remarkable.

4. Why Phoenix?
I originally came out the Phoenix for my MFA in Printmaking at ASU back in 2001. Since I've graduated, I've been busy teaching between Paradise Valley Community College, a private school in Mesa, the Mesa Arts Center, and workshops.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
Looks can be deceiving. A lot of people tell me when they first meet me that I scared them. Then when they get to know me, I'm quite welcoming.

(and if you're game, what's something you DON'T want Phoenix to know about you?)
Despite being lactose intolerant -and getting ill from it, I can't get enough cheese (oh, when will I ever learn?).

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner

98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

35. Cindy Dach

34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle

32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan

29. Lesli Yazzie

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