A MATTER OF CONTEXT: WILL GOODYEAR


May 3, 2012 – June 16, 2012

Adam Cave Fine Art Gallery

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A MATTER OF CONTEXT: New works by Will Goodyear
May 3 - June 16, 2012

Preview Party with the artist
Thursday, May 3rd, 6-9 pm

First Friday Reception with the artist
Friday, May 4th, 6-9 pm


Will Goodyear’s New Exhibit Continues Style of Historical Examination Through Abstract Expressionism

In an exhibit of new works opening May 3rd at Adam Cave Fine Art , artist Will Goodyear combines the best elements of abstract expressionism with subject matter ranging from urban growth and self-portraits, to social, political, and historical iconography. Each piece contains layer upon layer of imagery, created intuitively with both additive and subtractive techniques. His methods themselves are a metaphor for the conversations he wants us to have; conversations that are not sound bites, but that dig deeper to reveal all sides of a story.

Sometimes the story reflects current and historical events. In “Legacy of Inequality”, Goodyear examines the proposed 2012 NC Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, comparing this legislation with the 1875 amendment that banned interracial marriage for almost 100 years. Other works continue to explore a popular theme for the artist: the growth of urbanism in North Carolina and, in particular, in the capital city of Raleigh.

And, other times, the story is much more personal as in a series of self-portraits that, in the artist’s words,“… represent my own struggles and triumphs with physical and mental illness in context with the repulsiveness and beauty of the immediate culture in which I exist.”

Each painting is built on a foundation of ideas important to the artist and he is determined to use his art to broaden these various discussions. However, what sets Goodyear apart is that the ideas and concepts never overshadow the aesthetics of paintings that are a pure joy to look at. One can get lost in the loose mark making, broad brushwork, scratches, lines, and transparencies. Images of the city, or the artist, are revealed in these abstract environments the way they might appear out of a dense, atmospheric fog. Each work is an entire living environment in which one can explore for hours.

Will Goodyear earned both a BFA (2002) and an MFA (2010) from East Carolina University. In the past decade, he has exhibited widely in solo and invitational shows as well as juried events like the “Art of the Auction” at the North Carolina Museum of Art. His works are in prominent public collections including Capitol Broadcasting, Raleigh, NC, J. Davis Architects, Raleigh, NC, and the Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Goodyear, who is also an accomplished musician, lives in Raleigh with his wife Debra and daughter Ainsley. His artwork is represented exclusively by Adam Cave Fine Art.

 

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