Brenda Goodman, Untitled (b2), 2012, oil on wood, 72 x 72 inches (courtesy of John Davis Gallery)
Martin Bromirski photo blogs installation photos from the recent exhibition Brenda Goodman: Paintings at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York.
In a 2007 interview with David Brody, Goodman said about her work: "I... move back and forth between abstraction, figuration and the combination of the two a lot in my work as well as changing scale from very small to very large….power in the small painting and intimacy in the large ones. All these things are part of me now and they inform each painting I do... I try and stay with the intensity and the emotion, the feeling, without making it ironic... Every square inch has to mean something. There’s no corner of the painting that doesn’t have the same amount of conviction andintegrity as another part. Every square inch should be important and full."
John Seed interviews painter Brenda Goodman on the occasion of an exhibition of new paintings at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York, on view from July 19 - August 12, 2012.
Seed writes: "Goodman, who has painted for over 50 years, surrenders to the act of painting itself, and lets the emotions -- however difficult they may be -- bloom directly from her unconscious. Her work is never precious, since she observes that it is often the 'precious area that's keeping the painting from being finished.' Over the years she has learned to trust that balance and resolution will indeed appear if you let them. 'Through the years I've gone from taking days or weeks to let something go... to minutes,' Goodman notes. 'To me, this is one of the most spiritual acts of painting.' "
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