SAM THE BUTCHER contemporary art

Artist Statement


Georgia June Goldberg is an artist who trained and practiced initially as an architect. She studied art at Yale College (Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude) and at Princeton University, where she studied drawing and painting with Sean Scully and earned a Masters of Architecture degree, studying with Michael Graves.

She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries throughout the United States and has received several awards of residencies and grants. She teaches fine art and architecture at California College of the Arts and at the College of Marin in the Bay area and was last year’s Marin Arts Council Studio Grantee Awardee at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA.  She lives in Ross, CA.

In my two-dimensional work, I develop a personal aesthetic revolving around the themes of force, velocity, fragmentation and re-creation. This work includes large-scale oil paintings and drawings (7’ x 12’) and smaller scale "drawn” pieces made from wax, metal, paper, fabric or Plexiglas. The pieces depict the new compositions and forms that arise when forces randomly affect ordered form.

2-Dimensional Work by Georgia June GoldbergI begin my work by studying the forms and compositions that result from current events. These events bring the birth of a new dynamic. I selectively distill the lines and compositions of these occurrences, first drawing with conte pencil, then adding oil paint. I seek to show what is refined, harmonious and jewel–like in upheaval. Conflict exists between the delicacy of the lines I use and the enormity of the events that inspired them.

These paintings have been exhibited in Boston in a show curated by Lisa Dennison, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Museum, New York City, and are published in New American Paintings (2001). They also toured Texas museums for two years in a show curated by Anne Umland, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MOMA, New York City, New American Talent (2001–02), and have been shown at Gallery C, Los Angeles, CA (June-September, 2003), CP Artspace, Washington, DC (September-October, 2003), and at the International Juried Exhibition, Herbst Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA (September-October, 2004).

Installations by Georgia June GoldbergINSTALLATIONS
Motion and force combine with delicate states of transition, suspension and restoration in my work. My pieces collaborate with natural phenomenon such as light and wind. They seek to make visible changes in nature and its unseen forces. The power of light and wind contrast with delicate drawings and fragile natural linear elements. The pieces move with the wind and as we circulate around them. They situate us both in movement and sound, and in deep moments of silence and contemplation.

I wish to capture perfect moments - moments of wonder when we hear our heart beat; look up into snow falling at night; see color streaming across space; watch, hear and feel the wind moving forms. In outdoor installations, I have tried both to blur and to demark the line between art and nature. The indoor installations bring the outdoors inside through reflection, movement and interspatial relationships that also blur borders.

In these explorations, space, line, light, movement and sound interrelate and continually change. Space allows objects to freely change and move. The materials’ responses to wind and to viewers’ movements reflect the passage of time. 

Line is my primary mark – but a mark that extends infinitely.  Light casts shadow, causes reflection, and creates further complexity.  There is no finality, simply continuance. My investigations of moments of transition and creation record and respond to unobvious changes in nature and the potential beauty of unseen forces.

My installation pieces ask further questions about transitional states: What is the nature of ephemerality?  What are the specific natural forces manifest on the site of the installation? How do I capture these forces and show their beauty in both movement and stillness? How do I engage a viewer in this quest and experience?