Neil Goodman

Struve Gallery

The 25 small bronze sculptures Neil Goodman made while summering in Washington State in 1989, entitled “The Bellingham Series,” are characterized by a modest sylvan quality—a sense of desire indulged, and of an artist extending and luxuriously extrapolating a concept. Though these sculptures provide a bit of respite from Good-man’s characteristically complex and rather imposing multileveled bronze ensembles, it would be misleading to view them simply as a summer project—a break from the rigors of his usual effort. This series reflects a sweet liberty within its open parameters, which produced results every bit as compelling as his more “substantial” efforts.

In Bellingham, Goodman became intrigued by the variety and shapes of tools and implements associated with the sea, and he gave each work in this series (all works 1990) a title with a nautical reference. None of these miniassemblages

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