I work in a wide variety of mediums including fused glass, etching and collage, and am interested in both representational and abstract forms. Bold color is the element that unifies all of my work which I build up with layers of imagery allowing each medium to inform and influence the others. My themes are widespread and include sexuality, body image, male camaraderie, cars and pure abstraction. Much of my imagery is derived from popular culture from the 1930s to the 1970s.
It has been my privilege to study etching at the School of Visual Arts with Bruce Waldman. Each of my prints is a unique piece as I do not produce editions. Instead I prefer to choose unique color combinations each time I print from my etching plates, often layering two or more plates for each work. I combine representational etching plates with abstract ones and many of my prints have used as many as 5 plates in order to create visually and emotionally complex pieces This technique is achieved by printing first with one plate, and then changing the etching plate and printing again on the same piece of paper.
I have also worked with fused glass, and once again I have been fortunate to be able to study with a true master of this craft: Dorothy Hafner. With fused glass transparent layers of color can be built up to create magnificent harmonies. The glass pieces are cut and fitted together into a tight mosaic, and then fused in a kiln at 1495 degrees so that it becomes one piece of glass. The final pieces use five layers of glass, and require two firings in the kiln. Some of the designs that I have done in glass, have also been reinterpreted as etchings.
Recently, I have worked extensively in collage with acrylics or encaustics. The distortion of memory merging with fantasy is the central theme for these pieces. I invent narratives for people who I know exclusively through the images of them that I have discovered. For this body of work I have spent countless hours searching through old magazines from the 1930s through the 1980s including car magazines, body building and physique journals, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Life, National Geographic, Fortune and Esquire. Adult entertainment provides a more provocative element and photographs of strangers found in antique stores add another interesting dynamic. I also use my own drawings and etchings in these pieces. Not surprisingly, layering and transparent color is an important feature of the work.
~ Mitchell Goldberg
Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY Solo Shows – 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 Group Shows – 2004 through 2017
New York Society of Etchers Show, Salmugundi Club, New York, NY - 2016
Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY- Fall Show, 2016
CCCA Gallery, Hudson, NY, Group Show: -First Impressions, 2016
Williamsburg Art & History Center; Brooklyn, NY, Group Show:- Queer WAH 2015
Mehu Gallery, New York, NY Group Shows, 2013, 2014, 2015
Lazarus Gallery, New Rochelle, NY, Group Show: Art Fired Up - 2015
The Korea Society, New York, NY & Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, Made in New York/Made in Seoul, 2014. Printmaking Group Show.
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; From Plate to Paper; Juried Printmaking Show; 2013
New York Society of Etchers Juried Annual Show, National Arts Club,New York, NY – 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
Pyramida Arts Center, Haifa, Israel – 2010
Blue Door Gallery, Annual Juried Show, Yonkers, NY;- 2009, 2010
Blue Door Artist Association - Dreamscapes, Yonkers, NY,- 2007
Blue Door Artist Association - The Grid Show, Yonkers, NY – 2005
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY – 2005
Kolaj Magazine Issue #15
Carrier Pigeon Magazine V3/12,
Studio Visit Magazine – Volume 18
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY: Bachelor of Arts Degree - 1984
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY: Printmaking with Bruce Waldman
Private Study: Fused Glass with Dorothy Hafner Polyurethane Resin with Luis Perelman
President - Upstream Gallery; 2009 to Present.
Board of Directors - New York Society of Etchers - 2015 to Present.