Goff James' work presents the viewer with a study of seemingly contrasting forces in landscape.The sensuous, tactile, abstract works embody outwardly opposing qualities:solidity and fluidity, organic and artificial. The cryptic nature of the piecesentices viewers to decipher and discover their own interpretations.
Goff’s art practice grows from the need to represent a response in words, photographs andpainting to landscape, modernist abstraction and the disruption of visual vocabulary.
Combined these act as a distillation of an evolving visual, photographic and poeticlanguage that draws upon personal experience. All driven by an emotional attachment thatcreates imagery arising out of a conversation with different media, materials, engagementwith the landscape – its physical geography, history and literature – and is mediated bymemory and remembrance.
The driving force of his ideas is a developing and ongoing interest in experimentation,exploration, expansion, contraction, destruction, action, accident, transformation andreconstruction.
The use of a limited colour palette in his art focuses the attention upon the physicalproperties of how the works are created. This is similarly reflected in the manner in whichhe employ words in his poetic responses and the manner in which he observes landscapethrough his photography.
Each work is intrinsically related to dealing with the concept of employing a perspectivethat is filtered and distorted. The various assemblages possess neither any horizon norany recession of an infinite distance.
From all these elements emerges a gradual clarity of the possibilities of the relationshipbetween painting, photography, poetry, mixed media, materials, objects and place. Thisenables the creation of works that encapsulate his vision of landscape.
It is a journey filled with choices and imagery that are created subconsciously, randomly,according to chance, and circumstance. The works are a collaboration between hisintuitive aesthetic judgement and the innate properties and juxtapositions of the variousmaterials, objects, processes and media used.
In a journey there is always the established original beginning. Inevitably there is aprocess of constant change that flows through each piece as it is created that determinesthe content and the forms.
From this central core new areas of interest, ideas, arrangements, and direction arise.These invite one into a space of speculation that provokes a narrative questioningperception of them.
The works are a journey of exploration and discovery. Each is an invitation that induces,intensifies and challenges the viewer’s thought process to investigate, respond, andinterpret.
Goff James 2017