Contact: Terry Glispin
September 29, 2001 though November 9, 2001
Saturday, September 29, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Dana Goodman’s large scale ceramic assemblages focus on animals and environments experienced during his many years of rural life. He chooses to depict creatures and habitats which are often overlooked by people not in direct contact with the land. His sculptures of earthworms churning the soil, stubborn beetles plugging along, or bare tree roots searching for nourishment, are not beautiful or romantic images of nature, rather they document the interaction, sometimes frantic and nonsensical, between smaller less glamourous species.
These sculptural environments depict plants and animals that are reliant on the land and each other for survival. At different levels distinct creatures and plant life take on their role as most important, The sculptures have no reference to human existence, presenting animal societies having their own system of organization and survival devoid of human contact. But these animal and plant environments are not idyllic or free from conflict. They show struggle and tension between unlikely, disjointed foes; conflicts that reflect accumulated memory rather than specific moments.