Torn Cloud Painting 73
On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
This work is part of a series of Torn Cloud paintings in which Goode scratched, ripped, and tore away the surface of the canvas. In this piece, the gradated light-blue surface contrasts with a largely unpainted canvas underneath that evokes a field of strangely ragged clouds strewn across the sky. Yet Goode undercuts the painting’s illusionism by literally cutting into its surface, reversing the conventional figure/ground relationship and suggesting that something “behind the scenes” is being revealed. The two canvases are held together by a layer of plexiglass that reflects the space of the surrounding gallery and allows the viewer to see his or her image mirrored within the atmosphere of the torn clouds.