As I am sure you've realised, I love discovering artists within my midst. Sometimes, I'll be on my Facebook, and a friend will post a drawing or a piece of fabric art and I'll have no idea.
This happened with Kimberly Goff, an amazing artist who I met through my former roommate (and who showed me that PHENOMENAL section of wall with Fab 5 Freddy, Basquiat, Haring and others on it() and who is just phenomenal. She's showing at Ross Contemporary in Chicago, and the pieces she forwarded to me were, well, if I could paint, they'd be what I'd paint!
The piece to the left, the one over there <-, is one thing that has just thrown my tiny mind into a tizzy.. From 2000, it's a majestic, spare piece that seems to call up so many different artists, differing moods and tones. THere's an Abstract Expressionist thing going on, I'd argue it's got a touch of Kline in it, but at the same time, there's an almost Turnerian haze about it, as if we are seeing a day at a seaside beach, a Giacometti-esque child cavorting in the still water as three adults loom. There is a more sinister impression, one of that same figure, but in a world going insane, the smoke of fires rising, a sheen of oil just to the left of the figure the same color as the rising smoke.
Whatever impression it leaves on me, it is obvious that this is a piece that was well-constructed within itself. The 'figures' are comprised of a chaotic gesturalism that calls back to the work of Kline and perhaps Joan Mitchell, while there is impressive restraint in the rest of the piece, evoking more impressionistic moods. It's a piece that draws an emotional response, and one that I am still fully digesting.
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.