Artists’s Statement

Goldenberg discusses the context for his jazzy work:


Gallopations of Forsythius, 2012, oil on canvas assemblage, 68” x 74”

All my artwork reflects my love for music—especially jazz. Its process, tempo, and dynamism

I play trumpet every day and I often listen to jazz as I work. My artistic language reflects my love for music – especially jazz. Even when my studio is silent, jazz is there, inside me. My imagery is jazz made visible: layers of melodies and rhythms, swinging and syncopating, calling and responding. This visual improvisation is conjured from a deep place and appears as gestures, colors, symbols, and glyphs. Shapes, textures, and patterns move through me onto my canvas.

These paintings have a tempo, tone and color that correlate well to this musical form. I use color, shape, texture, movement, and rhythm to express my artistic voice. The resulting paintings are improvisations of layered imagery, bold cutouts, and compelling shapes. I call my style ExpressaVizzazzaVeeBopanism, or simply, Visual Jazz. I hand build each freeform canvas with plywood, epoxy, and fabric collage surfaces. Like a stone sculptor, I use reductive techniques—cutting holes and shaping edges—to create paintings that are visually, technically unique, lightweight, and durable.


Shel, 2012, acrylic paint on paper, 42″x 36″

I paint using vibrant colors on highly textured, innovative, shaped canvases. I build these canvases with collaged fabrics, gesso, epoxy, string, and thin plywood. They are ingeniously lightweight and durable. The jigsaw puzzle shapes in my paintings are born from forms I see in nature. They become a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all things in the world. The cutouts create vacant shapes and shadows, counterpoint to the painted shapes. The outer edges jut into space, casting shadows that move as the light of day changes. Arrangements in texture are the foundation for paint. This underlayer builds rhythms and gesture and is the structural underpinning for the spatial relationships I then create in paint.

My visual language is personal yet universal. The collective unconscious shares mythological motifs and primordial images. Noticing the silhouette of a tree or a cloud, the shape of a corroded piece of metal, or a melting patch of snow can inspire them. I see these potentials for creation as images when they enter my consciousness. My canvases reveal constellations of these archetypal images. They are rooted in the unconscious just as a tree

is rooted in the ground. These archetypes shape matter as I see it in nature and these same archetypes shape me as well. I use the colors, shapes, and patterns to express my connection to this universal unconscious.

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