Former Welch Director Cheryl Goldsleger Featured in Venice Biennale Exhibition

Posted On May 17, 2019
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Cheryl Goldsleger—former WSAD faculty member and director—has paintings in the Global Art Affairs and European Cultural Centre’s exhibition during the 2019 Venice Art Biennale, more than 500,000 visitors each year. “Personal Structures: Identities” will be held at Palazzo Bembo now through November 24, 2019. Goldsleger has three pieces in the exhibition, “Transient,” “Tenuous” and “Coalescence,” which are hung on a wall painted with a rendering of a fourth piece entitled “Independent.” Morris intended this installation to reinforce the ideas of space and the society within those spaces, just as her work does. Shannon Morris, the curator and catalogue essayist said this of Goldsleger’s work:
‘Goldsleger’s use of an abstract vocabulary allows for multiple interpretations while conveying her sensitivity for the human experience. Her ‘diagrammatic images’ also suggest natural and societal orders and serve as a reminder of the transitory realities present within contemporary society.’  
Shannon Morris is the curator of Mary Byrd Gallery of Augusta University where Goldslegger is an Augusta University’s Morris Eminent Scholar in Art.  This is not the first time Cheryl Goldsleger has exhibited on an international platform. Goldsleger’s public project Crossroads is a permanent mosaic tile floor installation in Terminal A of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Her work is also represented in important museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the High Museum; Albright-Knox Gallery; The Fogg Museum at Harvard University; The Israel Museum; The New Orleans Museum; the Brooklyn Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Art; The Greenville County Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University; and the Tel Aviv Museum among many other important public and private collections.
Goldsleger has received two Artists Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and other regional and state artist’s grants. Her work has been discussed in an extensive list of publications including Art in America, Artforum, The Hudson Review, The New York Observer, Burnaway and ArtNet Magazine. Her international residencies at the La Napoule Foundation and a US/France Exchange Fellowship in Paris have provided invaluable resources for her work.
Augusta University’s newspaper, JAGWIRE, interviewed Goldsleger just before the show opened. In the article, she shares experiences from the first time she visited Venice for the Biennale and more about the pieces in the exhibition.  For the full story, read here. 

Cheryl Goldsleger’s Artist Statemet:

The complexity and simplicity of space have been constant sources of inspiration for my work. My interests lie in the relationship individuals and societies have with place, location and boundaries. I address these ideas using abstract visual language that pursues a sense of tension and seeks to suggest a human presence. The differences and nuances of how space is perceived individually and how it is understood conceptually are two of the underlying ideas in my paintings.

Referencing maps, the images I create are neither entirely specific nor completely fictional. Geometric and analytical forms in my works serve as metaphors for physical and conceptual constraints possibly reminding viewers of migration issues or systems that envelop and connect us to each other while simultaneously insulating individuals from one another. The marks, lines and shapes in my works become independent forces acting in concert or in conflict in hopes of evoking narrative associations. References to physics, astronomy, geography and more may suggest global forces beyond our control.

Using resist, my paintings evolve gradually in layers of accumulated marks and washes using powdered pigments, drawing materials and paints that I make myself. Ethereal washes, linear geometric forms and contrasts in scale strive to offer a place of focus and a way to reflect and synthesize a way to think about our own place in an increasingly global society.