David Goldes

(b.1947; resides Minneapolis, MN)

In an age of big science and specialist interpretation, I have turned to homebrew experimentation and observation translated through photography. – David Goldes

Using the physical world as a metaphor, David Goldes uses his extensive scientific knowledge to create striking images of such things as water’s surface tension. Using water, electricity, air movement, wind, and breath, Golde manipulates and observes the phenomena to illustrate science’s omissions, taking the descriptive aspect as his foundation and invoking metaphor, memory, narrative and emotion. In the above works, Goldes shows the relationship of our self-conceptions to the physical world.

Goldes is currently a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He received a BA in Chemistry and Biology fromSUNY at Buffalo, a MA from Harvard in Molecular Genetics and a MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY-Buffalo in Photography. He has received numerous fellowships, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a NEA Individual Artist Fellowship, Bush Foundation Art Fellowships, McKnight Foundation Fellowships, residency at the City des Arts in Paris, and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Yale Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. His photographs have also been displayed in more than fourteen solo exhibitions and twenty-three group exhibitions.

Platonic Solid, II, 2002Platonic Solid, II, 2002
Meshbowl Holding Water, 2003Meshbowl Holding Water, 2003


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