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Ann Goldberg

Gallery Jones
Vancouver BC – Jun 4-27, 2009

Ann Goldberg, Peaches and Plums in a Glass Bowl (2009)

Ann Goldberg, Peaches and Plums in a Glass Bowl (2009), oil on canvas [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC, Jun 4-27]

Ann Goldberg, Ascelpias II

Ann Goldberg, Ascelpias II, oil on canvas [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC, Jun 4-27]

Ann Goldberg, Tomatoes in a Plastic Container

Ann Goldberg, Tomatoes in a Plastic Container, oil on canvas [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC, Jun 4-27]

The magic realism of Ann Goldberg is reminiscent of the fine watercolours, oils and prints of Canadian artist Mary Pratt. Like Pratt, Goldberg is drawn to food, china, transparent plastic and glassware for her still life subject matter. With an emphasis on artifacts of photography – such as lens flare, distorted perspectives, and "circles of confusion" caused by an exaggerated depth of field – as well as on her fascination with a full continuum of light and dark, Goldberg is a quintessential photo-realist painter. Without resorting to factual depiction, she demonstrates a mastery of the oblique view, translucency, and multi-coloured shadows.

The oil on canvas paintings are almost virginal in their cleanliness and purity. They have a delicacy and a poetic immediacy informed by her astute eye and precise brushwork, although the random, unedited, and unfocussed background shapes reveal an attachment to her photographs as resource material. The viewer has a sense that she has not, and would not, alter anything but the intensity of light and colour.

Goldberg earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria in 1985, followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1989. She has a history of working with architects in Edmonton and Vancouver. The paintings in this exhibit capture some of that scientific and architectural exactitude, whether intended or not.

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Mia Johnson


 Sat, Jun 6, 2009