October 2 - November 8
Opening reception: October 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist talk on Saturday, October 4, at noon
24 x 30 inches
Goldberg's first few exhibitions in the late 1960s, with Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle, revealed an inquiry into abstraction that was mindful of both the Russian Suprematist work of Kasimir Malevich and the work of post-war abstract artists. In these first abstractions on paper, small shapes floated within larger planes of color. This paring down of essentials had, by the 1970s, become a direction followed by various artists across the United States. By 1975, Goldberg's works on paper would develop into larger works in oil or wax over linen stretched over wood panels.
RED BLACK, 2008
Encaustic on linen over wood panel
52.5 x 42 inches
In the early 1980s, Goldberg had perfected the technique of encaustic painting for which he would become most well known. By mixing brilliantly hued raw pigments with translucent beeswax, Goldberg is working with a tradition of painting with wax that connects him with some of the earliest paintings known to man. Goldberg builds his painted surface with layer after layer of color until a palpable luminescence is achieved. The surface is flamed and buffed developing a waxy, lustrous sheen unlike most encaustic painting.
Many of the paintings in this exhibition reflect Goldberg's interests in Minimalist painting. Several pieces investigate a severely reduced composition—a field of rich, nuanced, loosely brushed white is edged with small areas of high key color intruding slightly into it. Other paintings seem more related to architecture. Suggestions of archeological relics, mosaic panels and floor plans figure prominently in many of the works. In others, poetic suggestions of stars reflecting in water or snow covered fields seem apparent.
CINNABAR, 2007 Encaustic on linen over wood panel
24 x 32
Joseph Goldberg's paintings