Glenn Goldberg: Interview

Glenn Goldberg, A Place, 2015, acrylic, gesso, ink and pencil on canvas, 84 x 63
Glenn Goldberg, A Place, 2015, acrylic, gesso, ink and pencil on canvas, 84 x 63 inches (courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery)

Phong Bui interviews painter Glenn Goldberg whose exhibition All Day is on view at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, through April 4, 2015.

Goldberg comments: "I think the body has its own needs. Although painters essentially paint with their eyes and their hands, their bodies have to participate in locating elements. And things aren’t always as symmetrical as they appear. Whatever people call it—a flower, a mandala, an energy form—to me it is a place to visit. At some point, about three years ago, I decided to make paintings using just black and white and the infinite gray scale they generate in between. It actually felt great because I didn’t have to deal with colors, which can be very intrusive and distracting. I was reminded again how and why I love Agnes Martin’s and Alan Uglow’s paintings. None of these works were ever filled with things. They dealt with the articulation of breath."