This is the first in a series of current and recent solo exhibitions around the region. We start with the painter's painter, Brenda Goodman, at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. The exhibition, which opened last night, is up through August 10.
Brenda Goodman color coordinating with one of her small paintings on paper
"My work has always reflected and expressed my internal life and, like myself, I feel the new paintings are bold, bright, animated, and confident,” she writes in her statement about the show. In a visit to the gallery a few days before the opening I found her almost giddy as she showed me around.
The show is on two levels. This is the view of the wall opposite where Goodman was standing
Below: full-on view of Knot, 2013, oil on wood, 80 x 72 inches
Goodman's signature elements remain--the abstracted figures, often with enormous heads atop tiny bodies; the succulently built-up surfaces; and the sense of mysterious narrative--but there are some new elements, too. For instance, instead of the dark, undefined space of her earlier works, there's a sense of architecture. And there's a knotted red shape, a presence, that dominates two of the large paintings. I like the relationship it has to the figures, particularly when it issues what appears to be a beam of yellow light. Convoluted thoughts? Difficult issues? Intestines? I ask. She doesn't say. That's OK. I'll continue to see how it develops. In the meantime, there's a lot to digest.
On the wall opposite the entry: Painted Pony, 2013, oil on wood, 52 x 48 inches
The stairs down to the garden level are to the left. Let's descend . . .
Guardian, left; Talkin at Me
Full-on view of Talkin at Me, with that beam of yellow light
Below: the built up surface, a rich, dense, luminous mass of hues constituting the black head of the figure at left in the painting above
Talkin at Me, left; Brush
You can see images from the entire show here, including--full disclosure--the one I acquired for my own collection:
Get-A-Way, 2014, oil on paper, 6 x 8 inches