Anthony Goicolea
Anthony Goicolea, N.E.S.W.

Anthony Goicolea, Red Bush, 2013, acrylic, ink and spray paint on mylar
November 29, 2014 to January 17, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday November 29, 2pm to 4pm

Monte Clark Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by New York based artist Anthony Goicolea.

Whether painting, photography, video, or drawing, Anthony Goicolea’s extensive library of works presents haunting fictional narratives constructed by the artist. Hints of alienation, estrangement, fantasy, and history are infused into his pieces, referring to the artist’s autobiography while creating altogether new and even otherworldly scenes. In N.E.S.W., Goicolea presents his latest paintings on layered mylar and board.

The tableaux in Goicolea’s new works are amalgamations of different elements, both natural and unnatural, taken from Northern, New England, Southern and Cuban settings. These complex landscapes unfold like dimly lit stage sets. Caught in the moment of transition from day to night or vice-verse, incongruous details from disparate locations reveal themselves in the darkening magic hour or in the early morning dawn. 

Though void of figures, many of the works show leftover evidence of human interactions—rows of abandoned chairs await an absent audience; a cloud of unnatural smoke permeates a wetland forest; tangled electrical lines form a lattice work of webbing in the night sky. The environments are simultaneously foreboding and inviting, dark and luminous, romantic and sublime.

Anthony Goicolea (b. 1971, Atlanta, GA) is based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is housed in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Yale University Collection. Four books have been published on Goicolea’s work including most recently “Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea” (2011) to accompany his solo retrospective organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art which also toured the Telfair Museums and 21c Museum; and “Fictions” published by Twin Palms Publishers, (first edition 2009).