March 20 – April 19, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, March 20, 6-9 pm
Brenda Goodman with Stone Memories, 72 x 80 in., oil on wood, 2014
Life On Mars Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of Brenda Goodman’s paintings and works on paper. A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by critic David Brody. The exhibition at Life on Mars Gallery will run concurrently with her inclusion in the The Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational, opening March 12.
A painter’s painter, Goodman takes the language of abstraction and bends it towards her will, creating a world of deep personal meaning. She creates imagery achingly intimate and powerful. Through her masterful use of oil paint, Goodman produces rich surfaces, of bold and emotionally charged color, and displays draftsmanship honed through decades of studio practice.
Her imagery reaches back to and honors our history of painting (De Chrico and Guston come to mind), but is wholly original and contemporary, due to the fierce uncompromising personal narratives that are at the heart of her work.
In the catalogue for this show, artist/writer David Brody writes this about her current work:
In a long and productive career, Goodman has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. She has had 34 one-artist exhibitions at numerous galleries throughout the country, including John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY), Rutgers University, Howard Scott Gallery and Pam Adler Gallery (New York City), Nielsen Gallery (Boston), Revolution Gallery (Ferndale, MI), Marianne-Deson Gallery and Phyllis Kind (Chicago).
Her work has been exhibited in over 170 group shows, most notably in New York City at The Whitney Biennale, The New Museum, Edward Thorp Gallery, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, and throughout the US at Nielsen Gallery (Boston), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT), and the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH).
Goodman’s paintings are found in The Agnes Gund Collection, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
In our project room we will feature paintings of artists affiliated with the Gallery whose work we love and continue to champion, Todd Bienvenu, Farrell Brickhouse, and Karen Schwartz.