Griffin Goodman

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Chicago, IL

 Utilizing the iconography of youth culture, popular branding, logos, and celebrity personalities, Griffin Goodman’s paintings and drawings present a complex devotion to self-styled identity and the contemporary phenomenon of digital narcissism. Through their free-form juxtapositions of appropriated imagery sourced from popular culture and art history, the artist creates bricolages that speak to both the hyper-layered construction of Photoshop files and the densely packed metaphoric structure of pop art. Drawn from personal memories of childhood, the work addresses a ubiquitous loss of innocence experienced in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, where one can still escape from the reality of the world at large into the rich fantasy life of popular culture. Goodman’s paintings often subvert and contemporize traditionally known narratives of fairy tales.