Spring 2018 Topics 3D: Nomadic Studio – Charles Goldman

Nomadic Studio

Charles Goldman

Wednesdays 9 AM

PUFA 3230A

Elephant Chair, from the series ‘Six Sites in Alexandria’, 2008, Photographic documentation. Courtesy: ACAF, Alexandria and the artist.

Blending the concurrent trends of the “social practice” and “making” movements, The Nomadic Studio will focus on the history and practice of 3D projects made and exhibited outside of the traditional studio / gallery dichotomy.  The focus of the class will be on mobility, ephemerality and temporary gestural interventions — not on graffiti or public art. The class will benefit from the spatial limitations that define New York City, not be hindered by it. It is an intermediate level sculpture class and high-quality thought and production will be expected throughout. Referencing such iconic art works as Gordon Matta-Clark’s FOOD restaurant, Ant Farm’s Cadillac Ranch and Yoko Ono’s Instructions, we will create our own interventions within the real world, extending our practices into the everyday where making and looking becomes a public and, therefore, political action.  Contemporary practitioners, such as Caroline Woolard, Tania Bruguera and Maximilian Goldfarb will also be introduced. The intention of The Nomadic Studio class is to mine and expand upon each individual student’s practice for its democratic and populist moments, those where their private creations and activities intersect with the public, no matter how hermetic or flamboyant the initial practice. We will use the classroom and the Making Center shops as our home base, but much of The Nomadic Studio will take place externally, in the public realm and within the campus of Parsons/New School. Along with individual projects, there will be field trips, one-off projects, and collaborations.  Appropriate attire will be required at all times, from Winter into Spring, from studio to Labs to gallery and to all of the in-between.  In this day and age, public spaces are highly monitored. We will carefully navigate these spaces, always remaining on the right side of the law, whether we be critical or complaint of it.

Brooklyn-based artist Charles Goldman makes work that extends sculpture into painting, installation, performance, drawing, sound, photography and architecture.  Recent exhibitions have taken place at Birch Contemporary in Toronto, Canada, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, Amherst, Songs for Presidents in Brooklyn, NY and 1285 Avenue of the Americas in New York.  His work has been exhibited in venues including the Museum of Art and Design, NYC; Peter Blum Gallery, NYC; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; Artists Space, NYC; The Philip Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR; The Drawing Center, NYC; SculptureCenter, NYC, and the Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.  Goldman has executed public projects for international institutions including Art Caucuses, Tbilisi, Georgia; Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Oregon; Toronto Sculpture Garden, Ontario, and the World Financial Center / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY. He has participated in numerous residency programs, such as Civitella Ranieri, Art Omi and The MacDowell Colony. In 2011, Goldman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts.  He is the founder and director of GRIDSPACE in Brooklyn, NY, an artist-run project space. RE>CRETE>, a green building material of his own design, has recently been accepted into the Materials Connexion library. His work in included in public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others.