Exhibition Dates: January 30 - March 8, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception:
Friday, January 31
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The work of David Goldes melds science and art, technology and history. In this his forth solo show with the gallery Goldes presents his Electro-graph series of graphite drawings and photographs. Works are based on scientific electrical experiments. The series was sparked by a fascination of pioneering experiments done by Humphry Davy and Michael Faraday that were conducted before the invention of photography; Goldes, who has an MFA in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop at SUNY Buffalo, an MA in Molecular Genetics from Harvard University, and a BA in Biology and chemistry from SUNY Buffalo, was curious to investigate drawings made of Davy and Faraday's experiments. With the use of household items like notebook paper, water glasses, razor blades, and scotch tape, Goldes attempts to verify and recreate these early experiments. What results are magical, mystical frames that have a strong sense of geometry and line and speak to human curiosity and innovation. Goldes makes the electrical current he experiments with visible; he applies charge to graphite drawings, causes the element to travel through water, or shimmer on thread. Photographs are made of these investigations.
These works speak as much to scientific history as art history. A particularly special image, Charged Threads Tied at Both Ends, is a lovely arching series of strings confined in a box. These easily connect to the scientific experiments, but for some may go further to formally reference some of the late work of Jasper Johns that also employ arching thread or twine.
Advanced concepts of technology are raised and their conflict with such rudimentary materials is what makes the work exciting and fresh, as if we the viewers are on our own quest for knowledge. We also experience a collapse of time and consider the distance we have come since these early experiments.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery.
Charged Threads Tied at Both Ends Gelatin Silver Print
Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery