February 13 – April 16, 2021
Virtual Reception/Talk on March 4, 2021 at 7 PM
I’ve been walking around Boston’s Jamaica Pond for over twenty years, usually with mycamera. It’s a good way for me to stay present. I’ve watched people running, walking, sitting; children playing; and the landscape, land and water, always changing.
As time has passed, I have begun to let go of familiar ways of seeing and pay more attention to scenes I once ignored. I have found balance and beauty in reflections, visual confusions, accidental comings-together, debris, and castoffs.
Most recently, I have focused my attention on the edge of the Pond, the boundary between water and land, the place where one thing turns into another. In particular, I have noticed movement and light in the water; the reflections of low hanging branches and shrubs; and the sky with clouds and, occasionally, sun.
I delight in the questions – about perspective, reflection and, in a sense, reality – inherent in these images. What is “up” and what is “down”? What is “real” and what is reflected? It suits my sense of humor to ask these questions, to invite us to slow down, and to look deeply into these images to find answers.
Marc Goldring makes photographs that capture the familiar in unfamiliar or unexpected ways. His recent work, At the Edge of the Pond, Boston, portrays a small slice of the natural world, particularly the edge where water meets land. He has shot in these places over the course of years, capturing reflections, colors and textures that form ambiguous and evocative images.
Goldring has exhibited in a solo show at the Cambridge Art Association’s satellite gallery in Harvard Square and at the Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA. Recent group exhibitions include: The Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; Cape Cod Art Center, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery (online); and Cambridge Art Association. His self-published book, Discovering the Familiar, Selected Images and Words documents his photography and writing through 2008.
Goldring’s approach to photography echoes his artistic practice in an earlier career when he created sculptural forms in leather. His vessels are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg TN. During this time, he also received a Fulbright Lectureship to New Zealand and an Individual Artist Grant from the New Hampshire State Arts Council.
2020, “Clouds as Smoke” in “Liquid ~ Sky” at Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2020, “Hancock Mansion” in “Broken Beauty” at Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2020, Edge of the Pond: Seven Images. One-person show, Cambridge Art Association satellite gallery, the Atrium at 50 Church Street, Harvard Square.
2020, “Fishing Pier, Chennai, India” in “Members Prize Show” Concord Center for Visual Arts, Concord, MA
2020, “Overhanging Limb and Reflection” in “Members Prize Show” Cambridge Art Association.
2019, “Sinking Boat” in “All New England” at Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable, MA
2019, “Periyar Trees and Mist #2” in “2019 Open Photography Exhibit” at Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
2019, “Edge of the Pond” in “The Sublime Landscape” at Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2019, “Periyar Field at Dawn” in “Fauna and Flora” at Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, online exhibition (Best of Show)
2015-present, Jamaica Plain Open Studios
2008, Discovering the Familiar, Selected Images and Words. Self-published book.
2006, Remembering the Familiar. One-person show, Brookline Arts Center
2001-2011, Brookline Artists Open Studios
1992, Sculptural leatherwork in Permanent Collection of The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
1985, Fulbright lectureship to New Zealand
1989, Sculptural leatherwork in Permanent Collection of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1982, Individual Artist Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
1979, Sculptural leatherwork in Permanent Collection of the Coach Leatherwear Collection, New York, NY
1978-1984, Lectured/taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution;