Past Exhibition

How Distant

Joseph Goody

24 Apr – 6 Jun 2020

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Sid Motion Gallery is pleased to present ‘How Distant’, an exhibition of new work by Joseph Goody. The gallery is delighted to present Joseph’s work for the first time.

While painting Goody frequently asks himself a simple question: ‘how distant is this, formally, spatially or tonally, from that?’

The exhibition title is taken from a poem by Philip Larkin. For Goody the poem highlights the potential significance of spontaneous decisions that are made and the enduring influence of the past.

When Goody sets out to make his paintings he avoids using brushes exclusively and instead resorts to using objects from the studio; bits of Perspex, a paint lid, wooden off-cuts. This introduces precise attributes, such as the size or width of a mark, that repeat in different instances throughout the work.

By being sensitive to the relationship that exists between forms, Goody exploits the effect this repetition creates and how it can imply a sort of logic, system or order and therefore highlights a tension in the dialogue that exists between different shapes and forms. Much like the influence of the past explored in the poem, Goody builds the paint in layers, allowing one to be visible through the next.


Artist Biography

Joseph Goody (lives and works in London) graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2011 and won the Neville Burston Award for Painting. He later studied at the Prince’s Drawing School (now the Royal Drawing School) where he won The Patrons Club Prize in 2012. Recent exhibitions include solo show ‘The Sudden Walk’, Cob Gallery, London (2018); and group shows ‘9 Artists’, 143 Bellenden Rd, London (2018); ‘NEW WORK PART I: FORM’, Cob Gallery, London (2018); ‘London Art Fair’, Cavaliero Finn, London (2017); ‘Joseph Goody’, Cob Gallery at Blacks Soho, London (2017); and ‘Quixotry’, Stoke Newington, London (2016).

The exhibition is made possible with the help of The Cob Gallery.