Join us for an intimate virtual visit with visual artist and painter James Gouldthorpe.
View and discuss the brand new body of work created by Gouldthorpe during these past eight months of shelter in place, and the new Corona-Virus reality we share. The Covid Artifacts 2020 series of paintings has been a daily practice for Gouldthorpe, beginning after he arrived home from his first visit to the grocery store, and the ensuing efforts of tirelessly wiping down each purchased item, to rid it of any potential contamination. In the words of the artist, “…I began to consider our new world. What previous innocuous objects have suddenly become heavy with Corona baggage...”
Every day following, for the last 33 weeks, Gouldthorpe has painted a new work, using a mixture of ink, watercolor and gouache, in an attempt to build a narrative archive of the pandemic and illustrate the influence it has had over global events.
James Gouldthorpe was a Lucas Artist Fellow in 2014, in 2016 he was featured at Montalvo with a solo exhibition of another narrative body of work entitled Particles: A Painting in Ten Chapters. Covid Artifacts 2020 has been displayed daily on Instagram @jameswgouldthorpe, adding to a dense and rich narrative of our time. His work is part of the new exhibition Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis at SFMOMA, opening December 19.
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