Joe Goode |1937 , Born in Oklahoma City, USA

Joe Goode is an American artist who was born in 1937 in Oklahoma City.

In 1959, he moved to Los Angeles in California to join his friend Edward Ruscha at the Chouinard Art Institute. They collaborated on the production of a university publication called Orb. In 1962 he took part in the exhibition New Painting of Common Objects curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum, alongside such well-known artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol; this first show dedicated to Pop Art in the United States united a generation of artists who seized on the popular iconography of the consumerist society. On the west coast of America, the Pop culture took on the Hollywood stereotypes of palm trees, pin-up blondes and flamboyant cars. Joe Goode was obsessed with the milk bottle, a symbol of the American middle-classes and primary target for mass-market consumption. He started the Milk series in 1961, featuring milk bottles painted and set in front of a monochrome canvas of the same colour.

Goode always worked in series and experimented with a wide variety of materials to capture his subject in all its forms. His work has been associated with the “Light and Space” movement, originating in California during the 1960s, which was concerned with capturing variations in perceptual phenomena through the use of avant-garde materials such as neon and fluorescent light; this artistic movement is closely associated with op art. Oceans, skies, clouds and waterfalls are all motifs that he studied and revisited, moving easily between painting and three-dimensional work.

 

  • Shark Bite 2014