Untitled (Photo Cloud), 1969
Joe Goode first gained critical acclaim and became associated with Pop art with his milk bottle paintings, large-scale monochromatic canvases in front of which Goode placed actual milk bottles. Goode’s work was included, along with artworks by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and others, in the New Painting of Common Objects exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), which was the first Pop art exhibition in the United States. Goode’s interest in perception has led him to explore what it is like to see through various objects ranging from milk bottles to waterfalls to clouds, and try to project such vision onto the canvas.
The minimalistic and largely abstract Untitled (Photo Cloud) conveys what Goode sees through a cloud. Very pale and thinly applied colors seem to capture light reflecting off the surface of the cloud, and also suggests a landscape viewed from far up in the sky through a thick cloud. This lightly painted surface also functions as the background for what appear to be photographs of clouds. These painted “photographs” at the four corners represent the way clouds typically appear seen from earth, contrasting with the close-up view of clouds occupying most of the canvas.
Artist: Joe Goode
Title: Untitled (Photo Cloud)
Medium: Oil on canvas in artist’s frame
Type: Light and Space
Dimension: 48 1/4 x 48 5/16 in. (122.56 x 122.71 cm)
Collection: The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art
Copyright: © 2018 Joe Goode