Neil Goldberg – Video Artist

September 9, 2011
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Please join the Village Zendo for an intimate evening with artist and sangha member Neil Goldberg. Neil will show and discuss some of his subtle and poignant works.

$10 suggested donationTruck Drivers' ElbowsNeil Goldberg’s work alerts us to the perplexity of being alive in a body in a particular place and time. The world is stunningly specific; our vehicle for moving through it is corporeal. Why are we here in this form? We will never be able to answer that, but the artist can catch us enacting the question. Goldberg makes us see how strange it is that we do what we do: eat, breathe, move, wait, feel pleasure, experience surprise, endure disappointment. In each piece, he concentrates his attention — and ours — on the act of attention itself. In the process, the unnoticed surges into focus, registering like the sounds always present in even the most apparently silent spaces — what audio technicians call “room tone.” Charmed into noticing the distinctiveness of the most mundane details, we become aware of what Pier Paolo Pasolini called “the stupendous monotony of the mystery.” – Sharon Marcus, of Columbia University

More information about Neil’s work and previews some of the works on his website.

Neil Goldberg has been exhibiting work since 1992 at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (where it is part of the permanent collection); The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; The Wexner Center for the Arts; The Hammer Museum; The Jewish Museum; The Kitchen; Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre; The Pacific Film Archive; Neue Gesellschaft fuer bildende Kunst Kunsthalle Berlin; El Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona; and the British Film Institute. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Experimental Television Center, CEC ArtsLink, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. He graduated from Brown University in 1986 with a degree in history and computer science. In 2012 his work will be the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of the City of New York.

“I think of art making as a type of mindfulness practice. It’s about paying attention, often to moments that tend to go overlooked.” – Neil Goldberg 2011


My Father Breathing into a Mirror

My father frequent participated in my work, and this was the last project we undertook together before his death, which is fitting, given the piece’s direct engagement with issues of mortality. Lasting just one minute, the video offers proof of life — the fog of his breath on the mirror — of someone no longer alive. All representation performs this deception in one way or another. This work makes that illusion central.
Truck Drivers’ Elbows

Over the course of several weeks, while stopped at red lights on my bicyle, I photographed the elbows of truck drivers in Manhattan. I was interested in the way these photographs functioned as portraits, each elbow possessing its own idiosyncrasies and distinctive “personality.”

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