David Kaye Gallery » Rosalind Goss

Through time and space
June 30 - August 7, 2016

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Through time and space

Pictures are moments caught in time. They distill time and space, making the impermanent permanent. They remind us of things past, and of our own mortality.

When I was younger, time felt limitless. Today that is no longer the case. I used to believe that time heals, but I no longer believe that either. Our perceptions change. Time is subjective. It can stand still or fly by. It can feel full or empty. We can bide our time or we can race against it. It is a continuous unfolding of past, present and future.

We move through time and space as ephemeral beings. In this work, I chose to represent the linear movement of time through space with multiple horizontal lines that drift in and out of view. The figures that appear emerge from my experiences. These pictures represent my personal stories, moments of time remembered. Moments of connection or solitude, of strength or fragility, of freedom or confinement, of stagnation or growth.

Drawing is always at the base of my work. I love its immediacy and the directness of its gestures. I aim to keep my work understated and minimalist.

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;
For now hath time made me his numbering clock.”
William Shakespeare, Richard II

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GALLERY

Rosalind Goss, “Time and tide wait for no man.” (old proverb by St. Marher, 1225), 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in., SOLD.Rosalind Goss, through time and space, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in.Rosalind Goss, at one time or another, 2015/16, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in.Rosalind Goss, “Now is the time.”  (from “I have a dream” speech of Martin Luther King, 1963), 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in.Rosalind Goss, a time and a place, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in.Rosalind Goss, time heals or does it?, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in.Rosalind Goss, what time is it?, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in.Rosalind Goss, in the fullness of time, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 72 in., SOLD.Rosalind Goss, “… and all return to the dust” (Ecclesiastes 3), 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in.Rosalind Goss, a matter of time, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in.Rosalind Goss, for all time, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in.Rosalind Goss, there comes a time, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in.Rosalind Goss, only time will tell, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in., SOLD.Rosalind Goss, “time’s relentless melt”, (Susan Sontag from “On Photography”, 1973), 2015, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 36 in.

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Portals
June 28 - August 12, 2012

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Portals
June 28 - August 12, 2012

These paintings are explorations of portals as both subject and metaphor. Portals connect two locations in time and space. They represent transition, the passage between one state and another, the space(s) between things. They can be a way in, through, or out.

My imagery is both figurative and abstract, as I do not see representation or abstraction as being mutually exclusive. These paintings reveal both occupied and unoccupied spaces, both inner and outer landscapes.

My process is one of making and unmaking: making marks on the canvas and then partially wiping them off or covering them up. The act of erasure opens up new possibilities for further intuitive drawing as decisions change. Images emerge out of the layers and smudges. My love of minimalist drawing informs my process of painting, as I strive for both intimacy and expressiveness.

Having recently seen the Abstract Expressionist shows in New York and Toronto, I became interested in the idea of scale. I was struck by the sheer size, colour, and huge physical presence of those paintings. In contrast, I wanted to limit myself to a small size and palette. I wanted to draw the viewer in, relate in a more intimate way, while hoping that these small works expand beyond themselves.

ROSALIND GOSS, 2012

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

from the Leonard Cohen song Anthem.

GALLERY

Rosalind Goss, Portals #28, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in., SOLD.Rosalind Goss, Portals #12, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #14, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #37, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #32, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #38, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #09, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #36, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #01, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #08, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #30, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #07, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #11, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #22, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #13, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #10, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #17, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #20, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #18, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #19, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #29, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #16, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #05, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #04, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #02, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #21, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #06, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in., SOLD.Rosalind Goss, Portals #31, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in., SOLD.Rosalind Goss, Portals #25, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #15, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals #33, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 12 X 16 in.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Portals, Exhibition installation view.

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For Telling: recent work
November 19, 2009 - January 17, 2010

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For Telling: recent work

My last show, “Things Said,” was inspired by spoken words. For my new work, I wanted words again to be the catalyst. Last year, I came across a jar full of fortunes that I had collected between the years of 1986 and 1994. This period represented a new beginning for me, the promise of a new relationship in a new home. It struck me that the words of these fortunes could be my next source of inspiration. It seemed an interesting idea to respond in the present to a fortune I had collected in the past, that was meant to predict the future.

My process for this art project was to randomly pick fortunes out of the jar until it was empty. There was a large range of messages: from the descriptive to the prophetic, from the clichéd to the wise, from the vague to the cryptic, from the mundane to the profound. My responses ranged from the irreverent to the respectful. I wanted to convey my reactions to the fortunes from my perspective of the present, looking back on how things actually turned out.

I chose materials and imagery in line with my responses to the fortunes. I often used mylar to partially expose images, to show transition/transformation, and to create a sense of memory/dream. I also used old clippings from picture files of the 1950s that belonged to my father, an illustrator and portrait painter. Many of the images from the 50s resonated with the often clichéd advice and projections of future happiness found in the fortunes. I chose the images in the same way that I draw, making unconscious and not always logical connections between the images and words. I chose to work small, as I wanted the viewing experience to be intimate and on a scale with the fortunes themselves.

Drawing is always at the base of my work. I love the immediacy and directness of its gestures. It is well-suited to my minimalist approach of expressing both the profound and the mundane. It traces the movement of thought and emotion in both coherent and disjointed ways.

GALLERY

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Things Said: recent work
November 15 - December 16, 2007

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Exhibition Statement

A few years ago I began to scribble down things said to me, and by me, on scraps of paper. This was a time of upheaval in my life. Words became immensely important. They were sometimes poignant, mundane, melodramatic, but all very real. Reading these quotes helped me face the realities they described. Getting the exact words down on paper somehow gave me a sense of containment, a way of understanding what was happening, a way of encapsulating in a few words the vastness of my experience. My intent was not an artistic one.

Between November 2004 and April 2007, I had written down over one thousand quotes. This show represents a selection of the things said between November 2004 and October 2005. The quotes range from the innocent queries of a child to sophisticated comments about life and relationships.

About a year after I began transcribing the quotes, I began to organize them chronologically. I also did a few drawings. By this time I had some distance and saw the words as points of departure for a story to be told. While writing down the words had been cathartic, the act of art-making was not. The work was done with commitment and tenderness. It was a vulnerable process, but no more so than any other honest artistic endeavour. I chose to work small, as I wanted the art to be a quiet experience, not an overwhelming one. I created the images in simple boxes so that each piece would have its own contained space. I wanted the viewing experience to be slow and intimate, a recognition of each individual piece.

I chose materials and imagery I thought would enhance qualities of familiarity, mystery, and depth. I used mylar to create a top layer, partially exposing and covering up the images on the kraft paper. Various layers of memory, and possible hidden meanings can be read. I used old clippings from inherited picture files of the 1950s that belonged to my father, an illustrator. I also found some Life magazines from 1953, the year I was born. The images from the fifties seemed to resonate with the words I had been collecting. This is the time I grew up in; a time, pre-feminism, when the media portrayed happy, clean-cut families, compliant housewives, and romantic couples. This was where my early dreams were forged. I now have both a nostalgic and sarcastic response to these images. These old clippings suited my experience more than found imagery from the computer ever could. I chose them spontaneously, in the same way that I draw, making unconscious and not always logical connections between the images and words. October, 2007

GALLERY

Rosalind Goss, It’s always been there behind everything that I do. #7, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, It’s over. #32, 2006, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, I do but I don’t want to. #50, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, I want a dog. #52, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, I don’t make promises. #67, 2005, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, I’ve found it to be true. #104, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, What do you mean? #162, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, Are you OK? #187, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, Don’t you just wish sometimes things could go back to the way they were? #215, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, We sat separately. #224, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, I’ll deny it. #267, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, Who is this guy? #385, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, I want to stop but I can’t. #447, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, It’s the next step. #488, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, Are you happy? #496, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, Sometimes I think I am. collage, Sometimes I think I’m not. #499, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, I know what I have to do. #503, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, You have to let it go. #580, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mountedRosalind Goss, I always will. #596, 2006, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, It wasn’t such a bad life, was it? #598, 2007, collage, 6 X 6 in. mounted, SOLDRosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, Things Said: recent work, Exhibition installation view.Rosalind Goss, I’m pretending I’m dead. #24, 2005, SOLDRosalind Goss, It’s over. #32, 2006, SOLDRosalind Goss, I don’t want to be told what to do. #35, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I want a dog. #52, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I would have left anyway. #59, 2006, SOLDRosalind Goss, I concede. #63, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I don’t make promises. #67, 2005, SOLDRosalind Goss, She’s trouble. #75, 2006, SOLDRosalind Goss, It’s such a cliché. #77, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I’ve found it to be true. #104, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, You never believe me. #117, 2006, SOLDRosalind Goss, What do you mean? #162, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, Don’t you just wish sometimes things could go back to the way they were? #215, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, We sat separately. #224, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, It will mark her for life. #257, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, We both cried. #314, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I’m well aware of it. #319, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I always thought you were a good judge of character. #456, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, It’s the next step. #488, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I know what I have to do. #503, 2007, SOLDRosalind Goss, I always will. #596, 2006, SOLD