George Goodridge is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was awarded the position of Senior Technical Adviser to the Student Body at the School of the Art Institute and has taught Visual Techniques at the School of Visual Arts. Best known for his three-dimensional stretched canvas works and serigraph monoprints, he has relocated several times between New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
George has been awarded both the Art Center South Florida’s Studio Program, Print Lab Residency and the Eileen S. Kaminski Family Foundation Residency at the Mana Contemporary Museum in Jersey City, NJ. His work has been represented in the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the NSU Art Museum, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the South Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., numerous commercial galleries, Scope, Pulse and other relevant art fairs during Art Basel Miami. Multiple purchases and commissions have been awarded from United Airlines, The Related Group, Banyan Capital Investments and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Notable press includes Land Escape Art Review (Europe), White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Examiner (South Florida), the Miami Herald and Art South Florida with artist talks on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and the Syndicated News Network. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
ARTISTIC CONCERNS / STATEMENT
Through the years I have created works with underlying meanings that celebrate diversities, visual kinetics, compare identities and or speak of timely narratives pertaining to the concrete world. In our ever-emerging global society, communication that apply to all has become of great importance. In recent times, I have employed what I refer to as form signaling and referencing modern color science. These practices test our psychological and emotional reactions of how we perceive form and color. This task refines the relationship between the viewers' perceptual parameters and their personal associations while offering a multilayered aesthetic experience which allows the works to communicate more universally.
I am exploring the use of color and form beyond cultural contexts to communicate fundamental truths about human reaction and communication. With regards to form signaling, broad tested results support the notion that diagonal and angular configurations are associated with threat, while rounded forms are linked to pleasure and more feminine impressions. As for colors, broad tested results prove that warmer colors signal optimism, energy, passion and danger, while cooler are calming. Black suggests mystery, power and elegance but also can suggest sadness and anger when applied in a different context. Combining varied color combinations can fuel complex results.
Preferring the more biomorphic over the rectilinear, my hybrid works interconnect sculpture, painting, installation and architectural studies. While Post Minimalism and Conceptualism were a starting point, these works differ. In my more current works, multiple elements are used to suggests a transition or to isolate the source from the conclusion.
To ensure invention, I reference the unconscious mind by performing a type of meditation that clears my mind of prior influences then create a series of sketches from a first notion in search of unrealized forms or uncommon pairings. After sketches are realized the armatures are built and skinned with canvas. At this point I make color field and transparency decisions prior to painting. I often work in a chronologically numbered series recognizing that linear research seems to bear deeper discoveries while telling an evolutionary story.