Nikolas Soren Goodich
Layered Plexiglass Paintings and Prints

New Work 2019 - 2020

Inverted Double Portraits: No1/ Any1/ Every1/ You/ Me/ Them/ Us

“I began this body of work — Inverted Double Portraits: No1/ Any1/ Every1/ You/ Me/ Them/ Us — in June of 2019 after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Art with my BFA in Painting and Printmaking. For over two decades my practice has involved experimenting with layering plexiglass in many formal permutations, but after my recent immersion in contemporary art, while in university, I knew that I wanted to focus on one very strict set of formal modes as I began work on this series.

By using plastic bottles with cone tops as my main drawing/painting tool and working in a diptych format, I began making layers by mono-typing from one surface to another; either canvas, paper or plexiglass. My monotyped diptychs are thus hand pulled/printed on paper or pulled/printed on multiple layers of plexiglass along with a substrate layer of stretched canvas, which are then assembled together into multi layered print/paintings.

In these works I examine the idea of Portraiture as a primal symbolic mode of image production; with an interpenetration of multiple layers of both abstract, patterned, and figurative information in simultaneity; and this involves a study of paradoxes - formal models of symmetry and mirroring. We are mirrors of nature... we mirror one another as members of the same species and of our shared cultures. The symmetry inherent in these ideas and visual languages echo both metaphors and facts. They thus present us with many apparent paradoxes, such as; who's that looking back at me in that mirror — who's that looking back at me from within that artwork?

Portraiture is present as both a symbol and as an cultural narrative, with people-as-symbols interacting equally with both 'themselves' and with an imagined or real ‘other’. My Inverted Double Portraits examine the complexity of the dual fact of our literal public be-ing-in-the-world and our constant projection of our private internalized selves out upon the world — these are acts of self mirroring which begin with and are built upon the very internal and outer structures of language, culture, and our creativity itself. In the "faces" in these works I see relections of No1/Any1/Every1/You/Me/Them/Us which ask us to look very carefully at ourselves, at how we think of others and at how we want others to see us...”

Nikolas Soren Goodich — 02/03/2020

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Double Inverted Portrait (The End of The Beginning of Time and Space Will Rise and Fall and Fade Away)2020Double Inverted Portrait (The End of The Beginning of Time and Space Will Rise and Fall and Fade Away)four panel acrylic monotype on plexiglass layered assemblage on canvasDouble Inverted Portrait (Surrender To The Entropic Fate Of All Matter)2020Double Inverted Portrait (Surrender To The Entropic Fate Of All Matter)acrylic monotype onplexiglass layered assemblage diptych on canvas
Double Inverted Portrait (Belief In Nothingness Is Neither Anarchy Nor Everything)2020Double Inverted Portrait (Belief In Nothingness Is Neither Anarchy Nor Everything)acrylic monotype on plexiglass layered assemblage diptych on canvasDouble Inverted Portrait (Headlights Shadowplay Car Crash Cardgame Self Love Egodeath)2020Double Inverted Portrait (Headlights Shadowplay Car Crash Cardgame Self Love Egodeath)acrylic monotype on plexiglass layered assemblage diptych on canvas
Double Inverted Portrait (The Abstract Me Versus The Real You)2020Double Inverted Portrait (The Abstract Me Versus The Real You)acrylic monotype on plexiglasslayered assemblage diptych on canvasInverted Double Portrait (Classical Time Machine Mirrors)2019Inverted Double Portrait (Classical Time Machine Mirrors)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglassdiptych on canvas
Double Inverted Portrait (Am I Me or Am I You or Are We We)2019Double Inverted Portrait (Am I Me or Am I You or Are We We)acrylic monotype on plexiglasslayered assemblage diptych on canvasDouble Inverted Portrait (Another Green World Redux Enospace)2020Double Inverted Portrait (Another Green World Redux Enospace)acrylic monotype on plexiglasslayered assemblage diptych on canvas
Double Inverted Portrait (Open Minds and Circus Daze Revisited)2019Double Inverted Portrait (Open Minds and Circus Daze Revisited)acrylic monotype diptych oncanvasDouble Inverted Portrait (Electromagnetic Love Song Echochamber)2019Double Inverted Portrait (Electromagnetic Love Song Echochamber)acrylic monotype diptych oncanvas
Double Inverted Portrait (Kiss Me Before The Universe Ceases To Exist)2020Double Inverted Portrait (Kiss Me Before The Universe Ceases To Exist)acrylic monotype onplexiglass layered assemblage diptych on canvasDouble Inverted Portrait (We are Natures Maps of One Another)2019Double Inverted Portrait (We are Natures Maps of One Another)acrylic monotype on plexiglass layered assemblage on panel
Inverted Double Portrait (No1/Any1/Every1/You/Me/Them/Us)2020Inverted Double Portrait (No1/Any1/Every1/You/Me/Them/Us)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on canvasDouble Portrait (Oceansong, Ectoplasm, and The Last Cigarette)2019Double Portrait (Oceansong, Ectoplasm, and The Last Cigarette)mixed media plexiglass assemblage on canvas with glassine paper collage
Inverted Double Portrait (Sunshine Superman Clowntime Parking Meter)2019Inverted Double Portrait (Sunshine Superman Clowntime Parking Meter)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on panelInverted Double Portrait #3 (Sublime Erotic Geometry)2019Inverted Double Portrait #3 (Sublime Erotic Geometry)mixed media layered plexiglass assemblage on canvas diptych
Inverted Double Portrait (Ghost Face Dancers I)2019Inverted Double Portrait (Ghost Face Dancers I)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass diptych on panelInverted Double Portrait (The Old Old Me and the New New Me too)2020Inverted Double Portrait (The Old Old Me and the New New Me too)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on panel
Inverted Double Portrait (Human/Animals II)2020Inverted Double Portrait (Human/Animals II)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on panelInverted Double Portrait (Ghost Face Dancers II)2019Inverted Double Portrait (Ghost Face Dancers II)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass diptych on panel
Inverted Double Portrait (Humanimals)2020Inverted Double Portrait (Humanimals)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on panelBlue And Yellow Man On Paper2020Blue And Yellow Man On Paper
Inverted Double Portrait (Can I Ever See Myself/Can You Ever See Yourself/Can We Ever See
Ourselves)2020Inverted Double Portrait (Can I Ever See Myself/Can You Ever See Yourself/Can We Ever See Ourselves)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on panelSun Man on Paper2020Sun Man on Paper
Inverted Double Portrait (Upside Down/Dopleganger)2020Inverted Double Portrait (Upside Down/Dopleganger)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass on canvasInverted Double Portrait (Night Visions)2019Inverted Double Portrait (Night Visions)acrylic monotype diptych on paper
Inverted Double Portrait (Sun Man Reflector Epiphany Generator Magnet)2019Inverted Double Portrait (Sun Man Reflector Epiphany Generator Magnet)acrylic monotype diptych on paperInverted Double Portrait (There is no other, only a sister or a brother)2019Inverted Double Portrait (There is no other, only a sister or a brother)acrylic monotype on layered plexiglass diptych on canvas
Mixed Colors and Black Miasma On Paper2020Mixed Colors and Black Miasma On PaperRed and White Small on Paper2020Red and White Small on Paper
Upside Down Old Man Old Woman On Paper2020Upside Down Old Man Old Woman On PaperYellow and Red and Green on Paper2020Yellow and Red and Green on Paper
Yellow Men on Paper2020Yellow Men on Paper