Alex Goldberg is a New York based artist and designer. Her practice is focused on the ideology that artistic process can parallel human behaviors and that the act of creating and viewing art may teach one about themselves and others. Alex is interested in how material play in her work can heighten the viewer’s perception and activate their imagination. She received a Master of Science in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in May of 2015 and the second place ranking in The Carnegie Wallcovering Design Competition. In 2016, Alex participated in the artist residency program at Textile Arts Center. She has exhibited her work at Spring Break Art Fair, Woskob Family Gallery, Gowanus Loft, Number 97, and Interface NY in addition to having her work featured in The International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design, The New York Textile Month Journal, and W Magazine. Alex is a current artist in residence at ProjectArt and professor at Village Community School and Pratt Institute.
Information on Alex's works in the show:
Alex Goldberg creates her lace works from 19th century bobbin lace patterns. She uses unconventional material and scale bringing the unknown into the equation. The pattern acts as a map for the process, yet the outcome is never fully predictable. Just like in our experience of living, it is unclear what the piece will become until the process is over and the lace is unpinned and taken off the pattern. Each installation heightens perspective on both the soft sculpture and its environment because the pairing creates a vision of contrast or camouflage and feelings of familiarity and absurdity.
Alex Goldberg’s Capsules are mixed media works that visually discuss the tensions that exist between control and chaos. The works are reliant on a series of creative actions and impulse decisions that are made in the midst of a methodical process.
Sewing is used as an attachment method referencing the work of the homemaker - a person who is thought to build and mend our most intimate space. Scraps from vegetables are used to create pigment which allude to cooking and eating as they are home activities that are so often accompanied by intimate thought and conversation.
The imprints in the works are created with natural pigments that I condense and freeze into ice forms. Once frozen, I place the ice on fiber and allow it to melt. Every decision made during this process affects the imprint. The works generated are an ode to psychological impressions developed through life experience.