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Art Exhibition – February – Cheri Erdman & Frederick Goldstein – Abstract Sculpture and Paintings: Interplay Between Metal and Canvas
February 12, 2020, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 1, 2020
Abstract Sculpture and Paintings:
Interplay Between Metal and Canvas
February 1, 2020 – March 1, 2020
In this exhibit, Cheri Erdman, painter and Frederick Goldstein, sculptor have attempted to demonstrate how two artists, who do primarily abstract expressionist art, react and respond to each other’s work.
Their intention in this exhibit is to to offer the viewers a more informed way of seeing abstraction by providing a visual experience that demonstrates how abstract paintings and sculptures can communicate with each other. The artists responded to and reinterpreted the other’s work through any one or more of the following: line, form, color, shape, texture, movement and/or feelings. The resulting interplay between the paintings and sculptures provides a model for gallery viewers to experience, and, hopefully, to appreciate abstract expressionist art more fully from their own perspective.
Like a time-lapse photograph that shows every second of the images as they change, my art is a layered visual record of all the moments of its creation. Without a reference or pre-conceived idea as to what will appear on the canvas, I make a mark and follow it, paint with spontaneity, add and subtract layers. Fueled by intuition until it is complete, the work is confident and offers deep personal satisfaction. As a writer uses words, text, sentences, the nonobjective painter uses the elements of art like color, texture, line and mark. These are my tools. Using only internal references – thoughts, emotions — each piece is an adventure, a visual puzzle, mysterious and unpredictable.
Before retirement I worked as a college counselor, educator, psychotherapist and author. The focus on words — speaking, listening, reading, writing — communicated ideas, feelings and emotions. These are what inform my work as an abstract expressionist painter who does not paint from a visual reference but from my inner world, weaving the unconscious with the conscious.
My art background includes college courses in art history and drawing, and a variety of art classes since retiring in 2004. I began with representational watercolor, then explored mixed media/collage before moving to non-objective abstract art in 2012.
My work has been shown in a variety of galleries across Florida as well as the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, FL. I am an exhibiting gallery artist with The Hub on Canal in New Smyrna Beach and an invited member of Beaux Arts of Central Florida. My work is in private art collections nationwide and has been featured on the covers of the September/October 2015 issues of the Gage Publishing Magazines, New Smyrna, DeLand and Ormond, July/August 2018 edition of Ormond magazine and the November/December 2019 edition of Halifax magazine.
I invite people to look at my work and view the pieces from their own perspective and life experience. My sculptures may communicate with you. Most of my sculptures purposely have no name, so not to influence what others see.
Welding and forging techniques are used to shape, construct and give sculptures texture. The one of a kind works create unique forms with a free- flowing movement. Welding and forging give me the ability to conceive and create sculptures so that shapes can be placed in juxtapositions that attract attention and challenge the mind.
The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, finding beauty from imperfection, has always intrigued me. I create for myself and if my sculptures communicate well with others their connection to my art is fulfilling.
Frederick A Goldstein grew up in Westville, Connecticut, just outside of New Haven. Fred always enjoyed working with his hands and creating abstract forms. His formal, post high school education brought him to the south where he attended Tulane University. He later relocated to the mid-Atlantic region and eventually moved to South Florida for several years and is presently living in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
For four decades Fred has created sculptures. His pieces are publically displayed in government office buildings, community art centers, restaurants and small businesses.
- The Maestro — Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale Florida. Installed 1998 — listed in the Smithsonian Directory of Art in Public Places, Washington, DC
- Parents and Child — State of Florida, North Regional Service Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Returning Soldier — Atrium entrance to City Hall, City of Dania Beach, Florida
- I Am You, You Are Me — Gilda’s Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida