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Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Exhibition Detail
John Goodyear: Shifting Views
Curated by: Mary Birmingham
68 Elm Street
Summit, NJ 07901

May 4th, 2012 - July 8th, 2012
May 11th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Red, Yellow, Blue Construction, John GoodyearJohn Goodyear, Red, Yellow, Blue Construction,
1978, acrylic on wood, 28 ¾ x 29 ¼ x 6 inches
© John Goodyear 2012
John Cage Throws a Fish into the Piano (detail), John GoodyearJohn Goodyear,
John Cage Throws a Fish into the Piano (detail),
1960, Enamel on wood, 72 x 33 x 6 inches
© John Goodyear 2012
Paesaggio (after Fra Angelico)- detail, John GoodyearJohn Goodyear,
Paesaggio (after Fra Angelico)- detail,
2011, Ink on acrylic bars, 24 x 48 x 6 inches
© John Goodyear 2012
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kinetic painting, modern
Suggested Admission: Adults $5; Seniors/Kids $3; Art Center Members free

John Goodyear: Shifting Views showcases the work of an internationally recognized artist who has lived and worked in New Jersey for nearly half a century. The exhibition unites Goodyear’s ground-breaking artwork from the 1960s with some recent, related pieces and features three distinct, but interrelated bodies of work.

His “pole” paintings—an idea he originated in the 1960s—are painted wood constructions that spin to reveal fragmented views simultaneously.  Another series incorporates moving latticed screens in front of stationary paintings. When the screens are lightly pushed from side to side, the viewer experiences a strong optical effect that creates a new visual experience.  Both these groups of kinetic works require the viewer’s active participation.  Goodyear’s “Double Subject” paintings are based on iconic works from art history reduced to outline drawings and superimposed one over the other.  The viewer must continually shift focus to “read” the individual images.  The meaning for all of the works in this exhibition is continually in flux depending on elements of chance and the spectator’s shifting vision. 

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