Artists' Fellowship - 2006
Projects for Futopia
Futopia is the pursuing of an ideal with understanding
that pursuance is the unmaking of the ideal. This
acknowledgment separates a futopic vision from the
The concept becomes an environment consisting of
several reflecting pools built out refuse dumpsters,
sloping hills of sandbags, and planters made of old
tires. These features create a landscape where people
can contemplate a future that has already come to
More about the Artist:
Michael Bernstein was born and raised in the New York
metro area and attended the Bachelor of Fine Arts
program at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut.
After completing a BFA in painting he had several
experiences that contributed to his interest in
architectural and social structures, and added to his
development as an artist. Among these were living in a
former mining town in the New Mexican desert, and time
spent working at a traveling circus.
In 1996 Michael returned to the New York and attended
the Master of Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute.
Since that time his work has been exhibited at
Clementine Gallery, DUMBO Art Center, The Sculpture
Center and Hudson Franklin Gallery.