Guy Goodwin: New Paintings

Guy Goodwin
Chicken Finger Palace, 2014
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April 27 - June 1, 2014

Over the past forty years, Guy Goodwin has explored painting in relief through a range of materials and formal investigations.  In his most recent works, Goodwin has utilized salvaged cardboard to construct both the structural support as well as arrangements of interlocking and overlapping shapes which form his compositions.  Goodwin’s is a uniquely physical process. He wrestles the cardboard pieces into place, digs out the deepest shapes, and uses the weight of his body and a staple gun to transform the material.  Large, roughly cut and deeply layered forms of considerable compression, scale and weight are set into motion by the saturated boldness of vibrant color relationships giving the compositions a reverberating, pulsating energy.

For this new series, he titled the works after imagined gathering spaces, such as hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants. However, the grand and all-encompassing feats of architecture become secondary to the intimate and idiosyncratic results of their interiors. Each work has a distinct, vibrant palette that elucidates the environment Goodwin is creating. Where in previous works, Goodwin's subjects would be self-contained and more politically motivated, here the shapes and color spill over from one painting to the next emphasizing the connectivity of ideas, spaces, and the internalization of the physical world. 

This is Guy Goodwin's second Solo Exhibition with Brennan & Griffin.  Past Solo Exhibitions include Guy Goodwin: Paintings 1974, 2008, Kathryn Brennan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Jeanie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY, Thorden/Wetterling Galleries, Stockholm, Sweden, Segal/Steinberg Gallery, Montreal, Canada, Heland/Wetterling Gallery, Goteberg, Sweden.  Group Exhibitions include: High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967 - 1975, curated by Katy Siegel with David Reed advising, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (Aug - Oct 2006), National Academy Museum, New York, NY (Feb - Apr 2007), American University Museum, Washington, DC (Nov 2006 - Jan 2007), Drawing with Respect to Painting: Guy Goodwin, Brice Marden, Elizabeth Murray, The New York Studio School, New York, NY. Public Collections include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA and The Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA.