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Columbus, Ohio

A overnight roadtrip to visit James Beoddy, meet and photograph two Lindsay Gallery artists, and see their two-person show at the gallery.  Thanks very much to Duff Lindsay for arranging the photo shoots.

I had seen single Morris Jackson drawings twice at the Ohio State Fair (in 2008 and 2011), and was interested to see more of his somewhat bewildered-looking, but whimsical figures make their way through the world Morris has created around them.  After seeing my website, Morris ‘warned’ me that he is a pretty normal-looking fellow, living in a pretty conventionally-decorated house, but to me showing a seeming disconnect between the artist/environment and their work is just part of the documentary process.  Morris Jackson’s Lindsay Gallery page.

Morris Jackson, Columbus, OH 2012
Morris Jackson conjures up his drawings from a desk in the bedroom.
Morris Jackson drawing: "Roundhouse" 15x12 in Morris Jackson drawing: "Lost in the City" 12x15 in
“Roundhouse” © Morris Jackson / courtesy Lindsay Gallery “Lost in the City” © Morris Jackson / courtesy Lindsay Gallery


Morris remembered seeing Jim Beoddy as Goblinhood– including a crucifixion performance years ago, and speaks highly of his paintings.

James Beoddy: "Crucifiction of Goblinhood" James Beoddy; Columbus, OH 2011
from “Goblinhood’s Comix & Poems”                       ©1994 James Beoddy Goblinhood (in Jim Beoddy’s backyard), 2011


When I called from about half an hour away, Amber Groome warned me that high winds had caused a power failure in the neighborhood, and that all lights were off in the house.  My portable strobe lights are battery operated, but for the initial set-up (after trying to hide a flash under the lampshade), I had to instead turn the background lamp “on” in Photoshop.   Luckily, the electricity came back on in time for the ‘keeper’ shot below.


Amber Groome; Columbus, OH 2012Amber also remembered that Goblinhood had visited her high school class to speak on subversive politics,  and when I had pizza with Jim later that night, he was very pleased to hear that both of these younger artists confirmed a collectively memorable legacy for Goblinhood around the Columbus art scene.  It also happened to be what Jim considered to be GH’s 20 year birthday, and Jim said that [he] couldn’t have had a better present!

Amber has collections of funerary and other vintage photographs, specimens including moths, butterflies — as well as boxes of found and collected objects often used in her artworks.  The doll figures are sculpted by her and oven-baked into their final form.  Not an appropriator of ‘loaded’ imagery, Amber’s work reflects her life:  Amber Groome’s Lindsay Gallery page.

"Doll House" by Amber Groome "11 Doll Box" by Amber Groome
“Doll House” © Amber Groome / courtesy Lindsay Gallery “11 Doll Box” © Amber Groome / courtesy Lindsay Gallery


Posted by fred on March 1, 2012

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