Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to present Other Places, an installation of 30 new paintings by the New York based artist Glenn Goldberg.
Other Places features a series of grisaille paintings, all of which measure 16 x 12 inches. Each of these works contrast non-literal elements and ornamental details with generic signs of dogs, birds, ducks, leaves and trees. Devoid of narrative context, these mysterious protagonists seem to float in otherworldly dreamscapes; although they take center stage, they remain without clearly defined roles. While allowing for references ranging from pop-culture to childhood fantasy, these paintings spring from a place enticingly foreign, primarily rooted in the artist’s unconscious.
All of these works are rendered in Goldberg’s signature style of the past decade. When viewed from afar, shapes appear to be graphic and clearly delineated. Upon closer inspection, one notices natural imperfections driven by a sense of urgency, immediacy, and unusual poetic intention. The works are charged with multiple dotted lines that weave through the space with the sensibility of musical punctuations. The contrast between an overall rhythmic pattern and distinct single shapes serves as a metaphor for the dialogue between microscopic and macroscopic realities. In a recent review, John Yau described the physical effect of Goldberg’s paintings as follows: “We cannot be sure if the paintings are directed toward our sight or our body. We can see into the space, but can we imagine ourselves physically entering it? If so, what size would we be? And what does this tell us about the scale of the things within the painting? We have fallen down the rabbit hole, like Alice. The diminutive and the monumental keep changing places. It is along this seam of speculation that all kinds of contradictions begin to announce themselves.”
Glenn Goldberg has exhibited extensively in the United States. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; the Rose Art Museum Waltham, MA; the National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; and West Virginia University Art Collection, among others.