We are very pleased to present our Featured Artist for March, 2017, Brian Goodman. Born in Los Angeles, Brian has always been captivated by the visual interplay between light, color and texture. For over 45 years, Brian’s photography has spanned the globe, capturing stirring landscapes, intriguing characters, and thought-provoking studies using a wide variety of methods and media.

After studying photography at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, Israel, and Otis/Parsons School of Art & Design in Los Angeles, Brian then moved on to hone his skills in field of commercial photography, learning from experience at several different studios, until in 1987, he opened his first professional studio in Pasadena, CA.

In 1998, he moved his company, Public Works Productions, Inc., into his newly purchased commercial building in Altadena, CA, a 6,000 sq. ft. full service commercial photography and design studio, where his business continued to flourish until he decided to retire from commercial photography in 2015.

In addition to his commercial success, Brian also played a key role in advancing awareness of digital imaging in its infancy to the professional photography market as a demonstrator, beta tester, and speaker at numerous trade shows, organizations and schools worldwide. He worked closely with some of the largest innovators in the industry, including: Leaf Systems, Scitex Inc., Mamiya America Corp., and SinarBron Imaging.

Brian has gone back to his roots and is now working exclusively on his fine art photography. His current series, the “Solace of Space,” goes a step beyond, transforming natural landscapes and cityscapes into prisms of color, evoking a sense of emotion, movement and imagination.

Brian currently resides with his wife, Shira, in Port Townsend, Washington.

                                 “Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”                                                                                                                                                                                              – Robert Hunter

“8:o6 P.M.” from the “Solace of Space” series


Artist Statement:

Our ability to think clearly, critically and creatively is largely dependent on our will to create space for these processes to occur.
 
In this world of over-saturated, in your face, and instantaneous image gratification, it is sometimes difficult to separate our senses from the constant bombardment that we are assaulted with on a daily basis. What used to be a quiet country road is now a super-highway, blasting a never-ending pitch for the latest car, fast food chain or religious prophecy. Spontaneous information and visual overload instantly materialize, stalking us at the push of a button, on gas pumps, in bathrooms, on the road, in our pockets. We no longer choose when and what content we care to view and absorb. It is forced upon us.
 
The images in the “Solace of Space” collection are designed to draw us into spaces of comfort and solitude, free from the constant visual noise that we encounter every day. They are suggestive of something familiar, and yet are unable to be defined. In fact, they could be anywhere – dreamlike images inviting you into a place of private wonder. You find yourself responding emotionally to the colors, textures and movement within each artistically crafted image, creating a sense of tranquility and space – the Solace of Space.

To see the entire “Solace of Space” collection and other works by Brian Goodman, please visit www.briangoodmanphotography.com. 

 

Brian’s work is currently being shown at the Northwind Arts Center as part of the 2017 Annual Artist Showcase (9-month exhibit) and in a separate exhibit, “Wind and Water” (March 2-27). His work is also on display in Jefferson Healthcare Hospital’s new building lobby.