Steven Amedee is pleased to introduce Cincinnati artist Charlie Goering. Without Definition (Attempts at Clarity) includes paintings that span two recent and distinct bodies of work, highlighting compositions that are transitional between the two. Earlier figurative works, such as Ode to Borges (first image below) , are imbued with a sense of magic realism that anticipates the very graphic and surreal later works, such as Egress (second image below) , by depicting fantastic landscapes and improbable arches. Arches, which figure into many of Goering’s paintings, bridge the gap between these stylistic shifts by creating a consistent framing device within each composition, at first reminiscent of the early renaissance paintings of the 14th and 15th centuries and later bringing to mind the works of contemporary artists such as Ken Price. Following this compositional thread, it is possible to see how Goering’s earlier works, which more directly represent his classical training in figuration, have led to his more recent abstracted works that while depart from figuration per se, still rest firmly on the foundation provided by his training.
A graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design and former Florence Academy of Art student, Goering is also the recipient of the 2017 grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and is currently teaching abroad at the Barcelona Academy of Art.
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