HowardScottGalleryis pleased to announce the opening, on 3 October of its third
one-person exhibition of the work of Barry Goldberg.
In her review for Art in America (Jan 2005) of two solo shows by Mr Goldberg, the critic, Miriam Seidel notes the artist's "having moved past the romance phase" with the ages-old medium of encaustic and reduced the expressive effects of this alluring material "to the subtlest possible level".The keeping in balance ofthe seductiveness of his chosen working materialsandthe level of clarity achieved in revealing his painting processhas long been an important concern of Mr Goldberg.
In studio notes (which constitute a sort of work-in-progress creed ofboth beliefs and intentions as an artist), he stated the absolute necessityfor him of eliminating any extraneous element from his work as a manifestation of "learning to see as though Ihad come here on an expedition to Earth". He also stresses in these notes his desire to create a sensuous entity-a "painting in which the image luxuriates on the field".
The oft-discussed painter's concern with the relationship of image and field (more commonly expressed as 'figure and ground') could be considered the principal 'subject matter' of his paintings.As the hovering geometric shapes on a field which once characterized many of his works have gradually given way to carefully articulated framing shapes,the ambiguity-and pictorial tension-created by slowing down the reading of which element is the image and which the ground has become the distinguishing aspect of his work of the past three years-that and his highly individual approach to color.
The forthcoming exhibition will be composed of both paintings executed in encaustic and oil on linenandworks of intimate scale in watercolor on paper.Mr Goldberg is a native of Wisconsin and a resident since 1972 ofPhiladelphia. His previous one-person exhibitionsinclude one in 1999-2000 atMorris Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,Philadelphia.