By Matt Hardman, Seraphin Gallery Resident
The public opening for Robert Goodman’s Smoke and Mirrors was on December 11, 2015. The gallery filled with patrons eager to experience Goodman’s latest creations. Shrouded in mystery, Goodman’s work invites the viewer to engage in and examine up-close the fine details of his paintings. The artist’s pieces encourage a tactile response in order to fully experience the dramatic and emotional movements of the work. The artist employs a distinctly diverse palette, utilizing the entire spectrum and capturing it in one experience. Variations in texture and markmaking create a heightened world of passion and ecstasy. Goodman develops a space where light radiates from within, reflecting outwards into shadows of billowing clouds. He creates a vibrant world of chaotic energy and dynamic movements.
At the private reception, Goodman provided guests with a detailed artist walkthrough. During, he explained his process in creating each of the magic objects and the inspiration behind them. The artist ended the walkthrough with a Q and A, where members could inquire about a piece that particularly interested them. Guests called upon recognizable shapes and memories associated with each piece, and gave feedback on their exact emotional responses to the work. This intimate and unique conversation allowed gallery members to further engage in Goodman’s show and gain insight into the artist’s process.
Robert Goodman is an educator at Moore College of Art, where he is the chairman of Fine Arts. He has exhibited work throughout the Philadelphia area in both solo and group shows at Seraphin Gallery, Vox Populi, Fleisher Art Memorial, and the University of the Arts. He has also exhibited nationally at Pace University, Emory and Henry College, Rutgers University and at galleries in New York, Miami, Cleveland, and Chicago. Goodman’s work is on display in public collections at the Woodmere Art Museum and the William Way Center. We invite you to come to Goodman’s show, Smoke and Mirrors, on display at Seraphin Gallery until January 24, 2016.