Candace Goodrich is an artist and independent curator. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and a MFA from the New York Academy of Art (NYC), with a concentration in painting. She was a participant in Curatorlab at Konstfack in Stockholm in 2016/2017, and in 2018 she completed a second Master’s in Postcolonial Theory and Multiculturalism at Södertorn Högskola, Stockholm. She founded and directed her first curatorial project in 2012-2014, the international artist residency One-Sided Story involving 38 artists. She was the founding Art Director of the Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, where she curated 16 international exhibitions, involving 100+ artists, representing 30+ countries, sponsored by numerous foundations, embassies, and ministries of culture worldwide. In addition to the exhibition program, she co-directed a complimentary education program and together with Pogon-Zagreb, hosted ICSC-Intercity/Switchcity, a 3 year curatorial/collective residency exchange program. She is co-founder of the ArtSci Nexus, an interdisciplinary platform fostering collaborations between the arts and sciences. Notable lectures include: “Anthropocentrism: The Failure of Modernity – How do we decolonize the sciences through ecovention?” at the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, Germany, invited by the Global Youth Academy and National German Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina (April 2019); “The Aestheticization of the Anthropocene – A discussion about terminology, periodization and imagery” at Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania (March 2019); “Can robots end class struggle? A second chance for Autonomia” – Hamburger Bahnhof, as part of the “Festival of Future Nows” (September 2017); “After C.P. Snow: A Brief History of Recapturing Consilience” – Institut für Biochemie II at the Universitätsklinikum Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Invited by Prof. Dr. Ivan Đikić (December 2014); and “Networks for Stability: The Leipzig Residency Circle” – Residency Programme Forum – POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth – Zagreb, HR (June 2014).
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Candace Goodrich synthesizes her knowledge of classical oil painting techniques with methods inspired by the Process Movement of the 1960’s, when works were created through a combination of improvisation, random occurrence, and natural processes, such as evaporation, oxidation, and corrosion, and through the use of non-traditional materials such as epoxy, rust, printmaking inks, and found materials. Her imagery is based in landscape, however a somewhat abstracted interpretation or amalgamation extracted from various sources of reference, including international news reportage on climate change induced extreme weather events, litigation transcripts, and community-driven activist portals. These “devastated landscapes,” as she is prone to call them, are not always specific places or moments in time depicted literally, but are meant to hint at an environmental rupture in a more sentient fashion. Her paintings are highly layered, playing with the drying times of each layer to create cracking and distortion, to distress surfaces by the application of subsequent ones. Her aim while painting is to achieve something broken, by pushing the mediums past their natural limits until they become something else.