july, 2019

sat20jul3:00 pm4:00 pmGallery Talk: Solo Gallery artist Daniel Goodwin3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Event Details

Artist Daniel Goodwin will discuss the work in his current exhibition Daniel Goodwin: Object Oriented in WAAM’s Solo Gallery. This informal Q&A will begin at 3 PM, is free to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the back yard under the tent as part of WAAM’s Birthday Celebration from 4-6 PM.   


For the better part of two decades, I have worked on photographic projects that relate, by turns directly and obliquely, to the United States intelligence community and attendant issues including surveillance, secrecy, and violence. My current work is, in equal parts, an ongoing interrogation of photographic veracity and a critique of authoritarian power. The two are not unrelated. This preoccupation with veracity finds a foothold in spaces, objects, and surfaces that masquerade as quotidian but are clearly unreliable narrators.

A forthcoming collaborative book project (with my good friend and colleague Edward Schwarzschild) that examines the growth industry of Homeland Security in America features scores of interviews with and portraits of DHS and Intelligence personnel. The book also includes some of the work you see here: large-scale photographs of models based on Google Earth imagery of sites where several of these interviews took place.

Recent philosophical positions in logic, including Object Oriented Ontology and Speculative Realism, also factor into this equation, as does the Modernist obsession with the grid, particularly as they inform photography’s digital evolution. The familiar grey checkerboard pattern, for example, of a transparent layer in Photoshop (which is now more a signifier of empty space than actual empty space) represents more than a passive, benign background—it is part of our new, weird grammar of visualizing the invisible. Hand-constructed environments and objects impersonate their virtual counterparts and expose the circular logic that often undergirds not only specific imaging technologies including texture mapping3D printing and augmented reality; but also some of the persistent epistemological underpinnings of photography, generally.



(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498



Woodstock Artists Association & Museum28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

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