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Joe Goode and Ron Davis

Nicholas Wilder Gallery

Drawings by Joe Goode and Ron Davis are on display at Nicholas Wilder. It is an oddly suitable juxtaposition. The Goodes are arranged in procession along two sides of the gallery, and the Davises similarly on the facing walls. It is peaceful and serious but certainly not deadpan.

Goode’s ten pencil drawings elicit a special elevated kind of response, rather a whole absorbing frame of mind. They are of white pillows and sheets, and sometimes edges of mattresses. The tonality ranges from grey near-whites all over to some with heavily darkened places. Their quality of perfect airy lightness has to do more with how they are abstractly, as simply gathered subtle surfaces, than with what they refer to. The kind of irrelevance which subject has in these drawings, the paradoxical feeling for the insubstantialness particular to the things represented, is a key to Goode’s art in general.

Goode is also

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