Home Center

Scott Goodman

Friday, April 15-Saturday, May21, 2016

Welcome! This is something like a Home Depot. Do you need help finding anything?

There are a number of windows and doors here for one to choose from, laid out in stacks, offering a multiverse of possible inlets into a variety of domestic realities. It’s all here ready for the enterprising weekend warrior to install.

Truthfully, however, this place bears only passing similarity to a hardware store. For one thing, its sterility tips its hand: this is 315 Gallery (a set of white walls bathed in even, tasteful lighting). For another, these aren’t either solid or hollow doors and the glass panes of these windows are fully opaque—which should be unsurprising because they are all paintings by Scott Goodman in his exhibition “Home Center".

Bricks (really an army of small stretched canvases) hang extruded from the wall, suggestive of a building exterior. As they hang together, they call up an uncanny valley that all of Goodman’s work should be understood in terms of: paintings that almost—but not quite—could be confused for what they are made to resemble.

At times the windows and doors can seem like they would permit one entry beyond brick facades. The paintings hang like flat-pack alternatives to something you could turn a knob to open or otherwise unlatch to access. Once understood as flat canvases, however, one is immediately re-cast by them as an outsider. How like the morphologies of suburban architecture for those out-classed by it, and how un-inclusive such entryways can feel, even for those not excluded by them...

Perusing an aisle filled with what at first felt like open possibilities one is left wondering, instead, what solid wall, what closed window or door one wants to (or may) stand outside of.

-Joshua Caleb Weibley, March 2016

Scott Goodman (b. 1983) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving a BFA from Cooper Union in 2006, he founded Good Work Gallery in Bushwick. Recent shows include an installation for Santos Party House, Surrogate Space at 109 Gallery, and the Sorcerer/Apprentice at Good Work. He has also worked extensively for the art collective DADDY, while continuing to do graphic design and installation works for various organizations throughout the Metro Area. Goodman's work explores the synthetic relationship of nature unto the domestic, and by extension, issues of perception and reality. Poetically, his is a world of unheard trees falling.