Birch Contemporary

Charles Goldman: 4X4X4X4

Based in Brooklyn, NY, artist Charles Goldman makes work that extends sculpture into painting, installation, performance, drawing, sound, photography and architecture. His exhibition at Birch Contemporary, entitled 4X4X4X4, consists of 4 works from 4 concurrent and long-term series. 

RE>CRETE>(Seated), is an edition of 4 RE>CRETE>* modules, seated atop 4 identical IKEA tables. The RE>CRETE> modules have no inside or outside, no top or bottom. They are both figure and ground, both subjective and objective.Distance Painting (Folded) is a transparent, double sided 200 foot long painting, split in half, creating a layering of 4 - 50 foot long sections. The piece is created on ¾” Plexiglass and is free standing, held aloft by a piece of rough lumber. Moments are a series of intimately sized “fast paintings.” Created with the refuse of whatever else is being created in the studio, without much regard for intent or content, they are portraits of fleeting moments. The DWGS. are just that and, again, there are only 4 presented here (of, potentially, thousands.) The interconnectedness of these 4 bodies of work presents a focused picture of the various activities taking place within Goldman’s studio over the past couple of years. This will be Charles Goldman’s 4th exhibition with the gallery.

*RE>CRETE> is a custom designed, 95% recycled building material made from shredded newspaper and junk mail, ground up packing Styrofoam, home electronics wire, credit cards and CDs, salvaged house paint, old jeans, Portland cement and fly ash.

Other recent exhibitions have taken place at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, Amherst, Songs for Presidents in Brooklyn, NY and 1285 Avenue of the Americas in New York. His work has been exhibited in venues including the Museum of Art and Design, NYC; Peter Blum Gallery, NYC; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; Artists Space, NYC; The Philip Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR; The Drawing Center, NYC and SculptureCenter, NYC.  Goldman has executed public projects for international institutions including Art Caucuses, Tbilisi, Georgia; Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Oregon; Toronto Sculpture Garden, Ontario, and the World Financial Center / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY. He has participated in numerous residency programs, such as Civitella Ranieri, Art Omi and The MacDowell Colony. In 2011, Goldman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts.  He is the founder and director of GRIDSPACE in Brooklyn, NY, an artist-run project space. RE>CRETE>, a green building material of his own design, has recently been accepted into the Materials Connexion library. His work in included in public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others.