Photography and Textiles by Gary Goldberg
July – September 2021
Gary Goldberg has been traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico, for over 20 years. He explores the city through photography, capturing abstract compositions of its richly textured walls and facades. His relationship with the city has deepened over time and, as he puts it, ‘I have come to see Oaxaca – its land, its sky, its cosmos – in a way that I believe is genuinely mine.” In Oaxaca Variations, we feature Gary Goldberg’s photographic work from recent years, including translations of his photography into felted artisanal textiles. Join us in exploring Gary’s vision as he highlights a magical city’s patina and depth.
About the Felting Process
Many of Gary Goldberg’s photographs have been transformed into textiles using a dry felting process at Taller Afelpado, San Agustín Etla, in Oaxaca. Each textile is hand-made by a team of three artisans, often taking up to three weeks to complete. They dye the wool with natural pigments and recreate, on a large scale, the color fields and textures found in his work. Over the last six years, he has made many trips to Oaxaca and spent months involved with the textile creation process. This collaborative process is made possible by the expertise of the Taller staff. The results are faithful interpretations with their own, unique qualities such as relief and shadow.
Thursday, September 16
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the work of Berkeley-based artist Gary Goldberg and his exhibit Oaxaca Variations. Explore the vivid colors and textures of Oaxaca through his photography and textiles. We’ll have a selection of wine, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a brief discussion with the artist, and lots of interesting conversations.
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Gary Goldberg, Professor Emeritus of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, recently retired from teaching after 37 years. He received an MFA from the University of Nebraska. He has been the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Goldberg’s photographs have been included in over one hundred exhibitions and publications throughout his career. Gary recently moved back to his home state and is living and working in Berkeley, California.
Goldberg’s photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, including Texas Monthly, Harpers & Queen, and Texas Music. His photo credits in books include The Family of Women, Exploring Color Photography, Photographic Possibilities, Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, and Bonfire of Roadmaps.
One-person exhibitions mounted by Goldberg have shown at the Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University; the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas; the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas; the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, Texas; Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas; and galleryFritz, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Wild Things: Disrupting the Photographic Archive 2020 at CEPA in Buffalo, New York; The Texas Biennial 2017 in Austin, Texas; and The 3rd Crosscurrent at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Public collections in which Goldberg’s photographs appear include the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Photography Collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin; Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas; and the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.