Goodman featured at PhoPa this winter

Dec 28, 2013
Photo by: John Goodman Those who missed John Goodman’s “Black White + Blue” show last summer at Rockland’s Caldbeck Gallery will find it at Portland’s PhoPa Gallery this winter. Pictured is “Woman Driver/South Boston/June 1977.”

Portland — PhoPa Gallery will open its first exhibition of 2014, “Black White + Blue” by acclaimed photographer John Goodman, with a public reception coinciding with Portland’s First Friday Art Walk Jan. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. NOTE: THE RECEPTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEB. 7.

The show will continue through Feb. 22 at PhoPa, 132 Washington Ave. Goodman, who lives in Friendship, will give an illustrated talk about his work Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.

Known for his treatment of the human body, Goodman presents several photographs of boxers from his “Times Square Gym” book and images from his backstage Boston Ballet series, as well as work from the streets of Havana, Cuba. His photographs show the extremes of what the human body is capable of enduring, often before public audiences.

“I am drawn to the human body and its contradictions. I explore the contest between light and dark, power and grace, grit and tenderness,” he said of this work.

Also included in the exhibition is the not-recent-color portfolio. These images were shot on Kodachrome and Ektachrome transparencies in the 1970s and ‘80s, were discovered in a studio move and printed for the first time in 2010.

Goodman’s work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine arts, Boston and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Rolling Stone; and Goodman has shot advertising campaigns for Gucci, the Gap, Converse and Reebok. He is adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and has been an instructor at the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport since 1998.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. PhoPa Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a collaboration among photographer Jon Edwards, independent curator Bruce Brown and Maine Media Workshops + College. The gallery maintains a focus on Maine-related works and emerging artists; and divides its schedule between showcasing works by MMW+C students, alumni and faculty and exhibitions organized by Brown and Edwards.

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“Okay Gas, Cushing, Maine 1995” is part of John Goodman’s show this winter at Portland’s PhoPa Gallery. (Photo by: John Goodman)
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