Monday, August 4, 2014

Brenda Goodman @ John Davis Gallery

Bite Me, 2014

 Installation view w/ Painted Pony, 2013

 Installation view w/ Knot, 2013

 Installation view w/ Knot, 2013

Last Saturday I took a drive up to Hudson, NY to meet with Brenda Goodman and view her current show of new paintings at John Davis Gallery.
A resident of New York's Bowery for just over thirty years, the Detroit native now lives and works in Pine Hill, NY.
The work featured in Brenda Goodman is a tour de force weaving together figurative elements and abstraction into a seamless cloth. The result is equal parts personal narrative, metaphor and formal, hard won, painterly elements. 
Stunning and pictorially inventive, this new body of work joins Goodman's previous efforts in setting her apart from her contemporaries as a painter willing to do the hard, long work of mining the private and public spaces she inhabits. She then translates these into a unique and powerful visual language.
Brenda Goodman is on view in Hudson until August 10. More of Goodman's work can be seen this summer in Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 and 2 curated by Todd Levin at Marianne Boesky Gallery until August 8th and in Life on Mars Gallery's Summer Invitational through August 10th.

Ah, Her Red Hair, 2014

Brenda Goodman at the John Davis Gallery w/ Knot (2013) 
Look Out, 2014

Zap, 2014

Brush, 2013

Talkin at Me, 2014



Guardian, 2013




Installation view

Brenda Goodman
Through August 10, 2014
362 1/2 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534


Linda Dunne said...

Good piece on Brenda's show! Thanks for including some details along with the full paintings. Brenda's surfaces are one of the ways her work is distinctive and it's sometimes hard to appreciate them in reproduction. The show is up through 8/10 and I hope people will see the paintings.

Melinda Stickney-Gibson said...

Brenda is an AMAZING painter.
There's such soul in each and every painting...she's always "all in".