Lori Goldberg – Poetics of the Discarded
October 13 - November 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 3 – 6 pm | Artist Talk: Saturday, October 27, 3 pm
Lori Goldberg – Poetics of the Discarded

Within the exhibit, Poetics of the Discarded, we find portraits of objects “en masse” of all that we, as a society, have chosen to discard and disregard. Lori Goldberg’s artworks serve to open a dialogue about our relationship to our environment. These painterly renderings of toppling scrap heaps remind us quietly: that which we discard doesn’t disappear - and it reappears here, a reminder of environmental impact encrypted within a series of lush paintings.

Over the past year, Lori travelled to different refuse sites across British Columbia, interviewing caretakers of the garbage facilities and photo-documenting each location. There is an intense and towering nature to the scrap heaps painted in Poetics of the Discarded that results from the information gathered at these sites. Goldberg noted her experience of entering each waste-management site, her senses at once bombarded by the sound, smell, and visual impact. With interest in memory and objects, Goldberg was influenced by the mass of collective memory each scrap heap represented. Within the refuse there were mounds and mounds of history: the detritus of days spent, life and death, business, conveniences used, sentimental things broken and more.

In another recent series, Reconstructing Nature, scaffolding scales upward, thin and precarious, almost delicate, against the backdrop of massive evergreen trees. These works point at the precarious relationship between humans and our environment, and how we develop and alter nature. In some of the Poetics of the Discarded images, the scrap heaps are anchored in “our world” amongst the domiciles of suburban life. As she did in the works of Reconstructing Nature, Goldberg brings the relationship of humans and environment into focus - a place where we “keep things” juxtaposed against a wasteland piled-high with all that we have cast-off.

These paintings are not only a creative exploration but also a cathartic response to the overwhelming experience of visiting these refuse sites. Towers of trash and single-use items mixed with other objects once valued: the broken, the rotting, and the psychological and physical weight of objects that have been refused and rejected. For Goldberg, the painterly response is a visceral, tactile and physically releasing experience. Each of these artworks drew her into a state of quiet contemplation that imbued these painted piles of detritus with an innate, intrinsic beauty.

Poetics of the Discarded resurrects the liminal substance of garbage from the after-life of the scrap heaps, and re-contextualizes these scenes by transforming them into culturally valued art-objects (paintings). Refuse sites such as these usually are “out of sight, out of mind,” annexed areas full of banished objects. These are places that we, as a culture, are usually trying to hide and ignore, but in Goldberg’s works they are immortalized and exalted ~ a visual reminder of the ongoing narrative between humans and their environment.

Rebecca Chaperon

 

Balancing Act
Balancing Act
acrylic on canvas
2018
48 x 30 inches

  The Poetics of the Discarded
The Relics of Our Making
acrylic on canvas
2018
30 x 48 inches

  Rapped MicroMesaMacro
Rapped MicroMesaMacro
acrylic on canvas
2018
48 x 36 inches

  Mr Re Use
Mr Re Fuse
acrylic on canvas
2018
18 x 14 inches

  Spin Cycle
Spin Cycle
acrylic on canvas
2018
50 x 34 inches

  Ms Polly Puffer and Her Coat of Debris
Ms. Polly Puffer and Her Coat of Debris
acrylic on canvas
2018
18 x 14 inches

  Wasteland Boogey
Wasteland Boogey
acrylic on canvas
2018
18 x 14 inches

  Pushing Against the Boundaries
Pushing Against the Boundaries
acrylic on canvas
2018
15 x 30 inches

  Mined and Forgotten
Mined and Forgotten
acrylic on canvas
2018
30 x 30 inches

  Tangled Tango
Tangled Tango
acrylic on canvas
2018
24 x 30 inches

  Landfull
Landfull
acrylic on canvas
2018
30 x 30 inches

  Visitation
Visitation
acrylic on canvas
2018
40 x 30 inches

  Scrap Yard
Scrap Yard
acrylic on canvas
2017
30 x 60 inches

  Scrap Yard
Scrap Yard
acrylic on canvas
2017
18 x 36 inches

  Upcycle
Upcycle
acrylic on canvas
2018
48 x 48 inches

  Trans Formation
Trans Formation
acrylic on canvas
2018
20 x 30 inches

  Disposed
Disposed
acrylic on canvas
2018
30 x 30 inches