Process and Reflection: Meditation on the Ordinary in Latest Contemporary Art Exhibition

Neil Goldberg: Anthology on view July 18 – October 5 at SECCA

Neil Goldberg, Still from “Ten-and-a-Half Years of To-Dos”
"Work by internationally recognized artist Neil Goldberg is coming soon to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Neil Goldberg: Anthology opens Friday, July 18, with an evening reception. Anthology gathers together Goldberg’s conceptual artworks that contemplate the fleeting and overlooked aspects of ordinary daily experience, finding fascination, humor and poignancy in them.

As part of SECCA’s solo series, Anthology explores three dimensions of Goldberg’s ethos of inviting life into art: autobiographical works which engage his parents and later memorialize the loss of his father; works that incorporate strangers and public life through observation or participation; studio works that invite other artists and intellects to critique and perform for Goldberg. Anthology includes video, photography and objects from over the last 20 years and debuts Ten-and-a-half-years-of-To-Dos, a five-channel audiovisual installation.

Through his work, Goldberg’s observations promise discovery and impose reflection on the seemingly banal. Goldberg slows down traditional concepts of time and captures a trace of the otherwise fleeting. “Whether it’s that instant of confusion or disorientation when exiting a subway station or creating a lengthy to-do list, Goldberg’s work uncovers the universal humanity in the nuances of life,” says SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach.

Goldberg’s solo retrospective also sparks dialogue with the adjacent solo show, Claire Harvey Daily Measures. “Taken together, these exhibitions catapult the simple act of observation of everyday life into a humanistic and inclusive journey with rewarding discoveries along the way,” says SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art Cora Fisher.

A native of New York, Goldberg has exhibited work in both solo and group exhibitions since 1992. Venues include The Museum of Modern Art (permanent collection), New York, NY; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin, Germany; Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany; El Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; and the British Film Institute, London, England. In 2013, Goldberg’s video Surfacing appeared simultaneously on multiple billboard spaces in Times Square, New York, sponsored by Times Square Arts.

The July 18th opening reception with the artist will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Neil Goldberg: Anthology runs through Sunday, October 5 and is free and open to the public.

A dedicated, weeklong interdisciplinary workshop between Goldberg and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) students will be folded into a live public presentation on stage in SECCA’s McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium near the close of the exhibition in fall.

SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive and is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours of operations and other information, visit Admission to SECCA is free."
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