Ann Goldberg. Perennial Canadians
i. Name: Ann Goldberg
ii. I am a: Hyperrealist painter
iii. The name, date, and location of my current exhibit/show is:
‘Perennial Canadians, Connecting to Nature During the Pandemic’
Solo exhibition at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver.
The show runs from Monday, November 28th, 2022 to Thursday, January 12th, 2023. I will be in attendance at the gallery Thursday December 8th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, and Saturday December 10th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm to answer any questions.
iv. In describing the show in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:
For my 8th solo exhibition, I present a series of paintings and photographs to be exhibited at the Pendulum Gallery in downtown Vancouver, BC. This is work uniquely influenced by the period of self-isolation and physical distancing necessitated by COVID-19 in the context of that difficult time. Connecting to nature during that period, caused me to consider encouraging people to reshape their thinking and give more energy and care to the natural environment.
v. The inspiration for this show comes from:
The period of self-isolation and physical distancing necessitated by COVID-19 which caused me to connect more with nature thereby caused me to consider encouraging people to reshape their thinking and give more energy and care to the natural environment. Also, in reading the Richard Powers novel ‘The Overstory’ – Powers uses his climate fiction novel to embolden us to give more enthusiasm to climate change.
vi. 1 or 2 pieces from the show I can say a few words about are:
Like so many others, past and present, I take special comfort from this natural environment that we are all connected to, and that connects us to one another. These surroundings have gifted us a beautiful symbol of enduring permanence, the Canadian Perennial flowers we are reintroduced to each spring. Their example provides hope and promise that we will make it through this difficult time connected to nature and connected with one another. Hope and promise for us, the ‘Perennial Canadians’.
Kim Steven’s Dahlia. 2022
While isolating during the early part of the pandemic, I happened to be painting flowers for a previous show. This isolation caused me to consider the human connection to flowers and more broadly our collective connection to nature. I began to see anthropomorphic qualities in these flowers. Human emotions in these plants were revealed as multitudes of tragic pandemic stories were being reported. These revelations led me to engage with plants as a significant source of life, connection and inspiration. I observed these subjects in more detail than usual, with all my senses. Colors, sounds (and silence), smells, and texture were all experienced with heightened sensitivity.
I look forward to,and am enjoying, seeing people again! And I do what I can to promote green energy solutions.
I am presently self represented and for 15 years had been represented by Winsor Gallery and Gallery Jones in Vancouver & Gibson Fine Art Gallery in Calgary, AB. I have worked with the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles and was seen as part of their presence at the Art Hamptons Fair in New York. My seventh and most recent Vancouver-based solo show was held in October 2020 at the Pendulum Gallery.
For six years, I sat on the board of Arts Umbrella, and on occasion taught art and architecture there. From 2013 – 2014, I was artist-in-residence at West Point Grey Academy.In 2017, my work was selected to be featured in a photorealism group show in Zaragoza, Spain. The show was produced in association with the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona.
Notably, I was also recently presented as the feature artist of the “Large and In Charge” group show at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta. This show featured a small number of prominent Canadian artists and ran from October 2018 to February 2019.
Beasley, BC Peonies in Glass Vase. 2022
ix. After this show, I’m looking forward to:
A new and exciting exhibition in the next couple years. Getting inspiration along the way.
Header Art: Pink Peonies in Vancouver, BC. 2022