Crippled Yeti, 2013 • 164 Main Street
“For years I have been fascinated by the sense of potential that fishing offers. Looking at a collection of lures in a tackle box, I often wonder, “What could I catch with that?” as I prepare for a fishing trip. The bright colors, dynamic shapes, sharp barbed hooks and exciting names suggest the satisfaction of reeling in a giant fish from the inscrutable depths. This has also been my primary inspiration for my work; I create gigantic fishing lure sculptures made from carved wood or welded steel, brightly painted and with welded steel hooks in the style of traditional lures. I rely on nearly 20 years of experience as a blacksmith and metal fabricator to form durable structures and I use a wide variety of hand-carving tools for woodworking. I have found a way to express my passion for fishing in my art by creating exaggerated versions of lures with streamlined forms, glossy multi-toned colors and fantastical names. This is what my work addresses: wonder, excitement and the potential of victory.” GF
Geoff Feder was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1996 with a B.A. in Studio Arts. He worked as an apprentice to sculptors J.J. Veronis, Petah Coyne, Mary Ann Unger and Lee Tribe. He presently lives in Peekskill, New York and most recently his sculptures were featured at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Power of Place and Peekskill Project V.