Robert Goodman's electric compositions invoke the undercurrents of spatial dimensionality. Through his weaving of line and shade, his works seem to open portals into a world of gravitational force. The pull of which can be felt through his continuous structures that appear to run on perpetual motion. The tight graphic nature creates the illusion of pulsing vibrations. These small movements are overpowered by the singular forces of physics or the stillness of the vacuum.
Goodman's work is based on optical illusion - how the eye perceives the forms provided. Is the subject being bent, molded, or flattened? Are the curves concave or convex? Is the plane soft and dimpled or hard and rigid? These textural and spatial investigations engage the viewer, following with eyes through the valleys and pits of his abstract and otherworldly landscapes.
"Represented space denies the flat material reality of the surface and any perception of space in painting is an act of cutting and passing through that surface. As viewers traverse the space of my works the paintings break down and reorganize around them. Several recent works reference tears, bruises, and mirrors revealing the agency that viewers have when transitioning through a painting. They are left with an ungrounded experience that eschews rationality and privileges feelings of euphoria and tension."
- Excerpt from Robert Goodman
The artist's sub-world of non-reality is both enticing and mystifying. The artist employs a distinctly diverse and magnetic palette, utilizing the entire spectrum and capturing it in one experience. He carefully composes his work, enveloping the entirety of the canvas, leaving the viewer with a musical afterthought that is developed within the vibrant realm of chaotic energy and dynamic momentum.
By Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director, Seraphin Gallery