Abby Goldstein
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
110 Nevins Street
Studio # ground floor


Artist Bio:
Abby Goldstein (b. Chicago, IL) received a BFA from Pratt Institute, NY and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. Ms. Goldstein is passionate about art, typography, and design. She is an Associate Professor of Art and heads the Graphic Design Concentration at Fordham University, NY. Ms. Goldstein has exhibited her work in the US and abroad and has received numerous awards, fellowships, and public commissions. Ms. Goldstein lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Statement:
My imagery exists in a place more connected to the archetypal realms of Italo Calvino's INVISIBLE CITIES, rather than in a space tethered by the concrete here and now. I construct visual systems made up of small graphic forms that allude to a sense of place without identifying a specific location. Clusters of biomorphic shapes interleave with more rigid, grided areas, suggesting the abrupt and nuanced juxtapositions between manmade and natural environments. Maps are essential to me. As guides, they show me where I am, where I am going and where I have been. I research historic maps and draw from them as a rich source of material and inspiration. I am continually fascinated by the universal graphic language of maps that describes a city as well as its sociocultural context. This fascination, married with my many years of practicing, studying, and teaching typography and graphic design, influences my approach to picture-making.

My work combines individual experience and collective knowledge through the reduction of language into a visual vocabulary of lines and repeating marks that can be freely interpreted. Tiny bits of data accumulate and traverse the picture plane, implying typographic glyphs, patterns of nature, urban plans, habitation, and detritus. Meandering and interweaving lines reference a topographic landscape that describes the contours of the built and unbuilt environment.

All images and text copyright Abby Goldstein