Unpredictable | David Goldes

Unpredictable | David Goldes

Dreamsong presents a solo exhibition of recent drawings by David Goldes

Dreamsong is pleased to present Unpredictable, a solo presentation of recent drawings by David Goldes. Largely created during the deep uncertainty of the pandemic, this resonant, luminous body of work internalizes and projects the hazard and possibilities of our unpredictable times. Atop grounds of black gesso inlaid with abstract forms, the artist uses graphite as a conduit, electrifying drawings to produce mysterious trajectories of burnt edges and voids, while in other works inviting chemical reactions to tarnish areas of silver leaf with metallic tones of yellow, orange, green, and blue. The drawings trace invisible phenomena by embracing chance and risk, revealing both the wonder of electricity and the pearlescent radiance of altered silver. Materially fascinating, Goldes playful and innovative approach to the fundamental properties of graphite and silver leaf results in works that speak to interconnection, boundaries protection and discovery amid the instability of our increasingly complex world.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Educated first as a scientist, David Goldes holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from SUNY at Buffalo, M.A. in Molecular Genetics from Harvard, and M.F.A. in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY-Buffalo and was designated a Professor Emeritus from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2017. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he has lived and worked in Minneapolis since 1979. David Goldes has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and MacDowell. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; Yale Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; and the Musée Nicéphore-Niépce, Chalonsur-Saône, France. Radius Books has recently published David Goldes: Unpredictable Drawings (2023) with text by Walker Art Center curator Pavel Pyś. Previous books include Water Being Water (Wright State University, 2005) and Electricities (Damiani, 2017).

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