In a very similar manner of where the subconscious meets the conscious, the universal meets the personal, and the spontaneous meets the deliberate, do the multilayered realms of established New York artist Glenn Goldberg’s paintings come into existence. “Fables and Other Places,” on display in Gallery X, is Goldberg’s first time showing with the gallery and we are proud to bring his newest fictions to the city of Chicago.
Unabashedly and potently beautiful, Goldberg’s subtle though dynamic paintings bask in the tension of abstraction and representation, and delight with the organic and geometric forms that seem to manifest like visitors materializing from out of the ether. Undulating and dissolving within complex spatial constructions that vacillate between the airy and inviting and the close-knit and protected, Goldberg’s otherworldly compositions are comprised of a specific visual language of a few repeated motifs. In each work can be found what Goldberg calls the “mother energy” – the mandala/tantric-like floral formation whose palpitating presence in the panoramic landscape is an undenying force. In the large-scale painting, “Third Fable,” she takes center stage as the lone protagonist of this tale, while in “Eighth Fable” Goldberg’s pair of lovers appear muted in the background. Though they command our attention, they carry with them an entirely different message. The columns, stems, leaves, rainbows, birds, and floral formations are the anchors by which we keep our grounding in Goldberg’s ever-changing portals to nirvana.
Also anchoring us, even as they may dizzy us, are the ever-present black and white dots – the mark makings throughout each monumental piece in this exhibit which remind us of the here and now and the man-made quality of these illusory life forms and energy. For it is life experience and personal tastes, including interests in the utilitarian value of
certain decorative art forms such as African textiles and rugs, Japanese screens, Chinese lacquer plates and celadon bowls that are distilled through these communicative vehicles. Apparent throughout is Goldberg’s value of beauty and beauty of the childlike - simplicity, honesty, naiveté, innocence and truth. Since Goldberg never paints over what he has done, only adds to it piece by piece, they speak to a ritualistic expression and a direct, precise, labor intensive devotional act that recognizes the lifeblood of every moment – the microcosmic value to the overall. In essence, these are his offerings and their utility is of a poetic nature. We invite you to partake.
Born in La Junta, Chihuahua Mexico, Juan Angel Chavez is a Chicago-based artist and educator whose early successes in public art and mural painting continue to inform his practice, which has evolved to include light, sound and an emphasis on found material. The artist has exhibited in institutions and around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Hyde Park Art Center, MassArt, The Center of Contemporary Art in New Zealand, and his recent solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The recipient of such honors as the Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Artadia Individual Artist Award, Chavez is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
New York painter Glenn Goldberg's contemplative, process-driven practice has garnered him numerous awards throughout his lengthy career including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. His works have been acquired by major collections throughout the country including Atlanta's High Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of art in Washington DC. Goldberg exhibits internationally in such galleries as Munich's Galerie Albrecht, Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan, and Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. A graduate of the New York Studio School and the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens College, Goldberg holds faculty positions at Cooper Union, Parsons M.F.A., Queens College, and the New York Studio Residency Program.