ceramic works and sculptural objects by clark goeman
a group exhibition at Galerie Camile
“James Benjamin Franklin, Clark Goeman, and Franklin Jonas use line, form, light, and color to express the mathematical vocabulary of art in their own unique and striking ways, with impeccable precision and craft.”
January 12 - February 24, 2018
4130 Cass Ave Detroit, MI
Shadows of Euclid
My objective was to create a system of archetypal forms that can fit together into endless combinations using the ceramic process. In order for the parts to fit together I needed to implement a scale system. The solution was to create a series using basic geometric shapes that correlate by side length. This Euclidean geometry is the foundation for all our mathematical knowledge, and is at the core of all systems operating today. The work is not the authorship of these undeniable truths, but rather an observation of them; there is nothing new under the sun. The concepts that lay with in the structure of these forms transcend time enabling the work to seem both ancient and futuristic.
Taking molds from both found objects and 3D printed forms I created a series of composite pieces that test different geometries, seeking both symmetrical, and asymmetrical balance dealing with irregularity.
To Be Continued
Working with found objects and new materials creates different ways for me to consider form. Assemblage allows me to juxtapose a thing or an idea. In many of these works framing is being used to present a three-dimensional object as two-dimensional image. These objects are meant to question their status as an artwork.
“Origins of Life” is the body of ceramic work that seduced me into my ongoing love affair with clay. The tactile nature of the pinch process transforms sensual touch into visual language. The viewer can read the movement of my caress through the form, and empathize with the spatial curiosity of the hand. Entirely transformative, the process is about realizing, and expanding upon connections that already existed within the primal solid.