Please join us in Midway’s library to spend some time with our most recent book acquisitions, including David Goldes’ new book, Electricities. To investigate and build on our historical understanding into the nature of electricity, Goldes constructs and photographs what he calls ‘performing still lifes’. Uniting the strategies of art and science, his visually rigorous images reveal a mechanistic understanding of electricity in dialogue with the viewer’s subjectivities that can expand, build upon, and seemingly contradict such explanations. Texts include a conversation with noted writer, curator and artist, David Campany and a commentary by Kay Ryan, former U.S. Poet Laureate.
Goldes is a visual artist working primarily in photography, with forays into drawing, sculpture, and video. His work is included in collections at MOMA, Walker Art Center, Bibliotheque Nationale, Centre Pompidou, Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Goldes has received numerous fellowships including those from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Educated in the sciences and arts, Goldes received an M.A. from Harvard University in Molecular Genetics and an M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop. His work is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, where he has an exhibition of drawings and photographs opening on Dec 14.