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May 27 - August 20, 2017
Neil Goodman | Contemporary sculpture

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Elverhøj Museum of History and Art presents the west coast debut of artist Neil Goodman. His contemporary sculpture is on display in the summer art exhibition “Looking West.”

For this exhibit, Goodman has constructed sculptures of bronze and fiberglass. The two central pieces focus on one of his major bodies of work—the vertical column. At 11 feet tall, these pieces are also the largest and most ambitious sculptures of this series to date.

For the past nine years, Goodman has divided time between his home and studio in Los Alamos, CA and his studio and career as professor of fine arts in the Chicago area. This exhibition marks both a more permanent move west to Los Alamos as well as Goodman’s first solo exhibition in California. 

It takes a lot of muscle to produce the large sculptures. The process is strenuous and labor intensive. “The work initially seems minimal and subtle, yet the sculptures reveal themselves slowly,” says Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. “Each resting point is counterbalanced by its mirrored and repositioned top, creating movement as well as stability.”

The tools of Goodman’s trade include a sturdy welder, a grinder, clamps, a hoist, and a good set of hand tools. He sculpts with both the forms and the space of spaces that exist within and around them.

Looking West

Born in Hammond, Indiana in 1953, Goodman was educated at Indiana University and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where he began casting his works in bronze and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. Subsequently he co-founded the art department at Indiana University Northwest and taught for more than 30 years until his retirement just this month.

Goodman has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and has had more than 30 one-person exhibitions throughout the country. He has permanent large-scale pieces at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and at public and private locations throughout the Midwest.  His work has been reviewed in “Art Forum,” “Art in America,” “Art News,” and “Sculpture Magazine.” His sculpture has been commissioned and collected by museums, corporations, convention centers, parks, synagogues, universities, and private collectors.

The exhibition remains on display through August 20, 2017.

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