11×15 monotype/chine-collé, 2017
I think of my prints as little poems without words. But more than conveying a message, they try to share a material experience, almost a tactile sensibility. They are constructed with different kinds of materials, some from everyday life–such as paper, string, nets, fabric, ribbons, and rubber bands–and others from nature in the city, like petals of fallen flowers, leaves, and twigs. Inspiration often comes from the traces we leave behind as we go about our lives. I am amazed by the power and beauty of those marks, many casual and unintended, ephemeral and evanescent. And to be candid, I could be perfectly content just by looking at them. Yet, I do my prints as a way to explore those observations further and share them.
When I use the word “constructed” I don’t do it casually, since I think of printmaking as extension of my work as an architect, something like “architecture by other means” if you wish.
Gabriel Feld is an architect, an artist, and a teacher. He has been a professor at Rhode Island School of Design since 1990, serving as head of the architecture department (1997-2002) and chief critic of the European Honors Program in Rome (2014-16.). He received his Architecture Diploma from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1980 and his Master in Architecture (with distinction) from Harvard University in 1988.