Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Joe Goode conducted 1999 Jan. 5-2001 Apr. 12, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Goode's studio, Mar Vista, Calif.
In this interview Goode lists the three factors that made for the good experience offered by Chouinard Art Institute: older students thanks to the GI Bill; a variety of good teachers, including illustrators; and productive interaction between the students. A discussion of other schools includes a comparison of Chouinard Art Institute and Art Center and the emphasis of these programs. Goode talks about Los Angeles galleries, especially Ferus and Rolf Nelson. He discusses his early milk bottle paintings, reflects upon the creative environment of Los Angeles, and the need to invent oneself as an artist. The session ends with a philosophical discussion of communication, contemplation, and a statement of the purpose of art practice.
The second session carries further the subject of art galleries and the various artist groups associated with them. He discusses the connection of his work to Pop art, and his sky, cloud, and water paintings. Goode talks about living in Springville in the Sierra Nevada in 1974-75, where he had the opportunity to observe nature and the force of the elements. The session ends with a discussion of the Nicholas Wilder Gallery and the various studios he occupied over the years.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Joe Goode, 1999 Jan. 5-2001 Apr. 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Joe Goode (1937- ) is a sculptor and painter from Mar Vista, Calif. Joe Goode was born in Oklahoma City, later coming to California, where he briefly attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
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