Joe Goode: Flat Screen Nature

Joe Goode, Day After Tomorrow 2013 (curtesy of the artist and Kohn Gallery)
Joe Goode, Day After Tomorrow 2013 (curtesy of the artist and Kohn Gallery)

Jonathan Griffin reviews the exhibition Joe Goode: Flat Screen Nature at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, on view through August 29, 2014.

Griffin writes: "Most of these paintings are only cursorily representational: they typically consist of one horizontal four-by-eight foot panel, painted dark blue, beneath another horizontal panel painted a lighter blue. The seam where the two rectangles meet is the dead level horizon... Behind the poker-face, Goode is a deft and sensuous painter. Even the simplest paintings here ... achieve in their brushed surfaces infinite degrees of nuance and depth... these paintings really aren’t about sea and sky. They are about their ontological status as objects that attempt – and fail – to capture a particular archetype of pristine natural perfection."