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April 30, 2004 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-04-30

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Sculptor Neil Goodman and an assistant in the studio

on to earn his master of fine arts
degree at Temple University's Tyler
School of Art in Philadelphia and -
soon was offered a teaching position
in the department of fine arts at
Indiana University.
The sculptor-teacher, beginning his
career in 1980, came to use cast
bronze because he liked the flexibility
of the material and the way it can
offer a distinctive mark.
"My body of work always has been
linked to-architecture or the relation-
ship to space and scale," explains
Goodman, who also builds functional
furniture with an artistic touch. "A lot
of the public work I've done consists
of large wall compositions, with the
interior projects tending to be figura-
tive or subjective.
"The new garden is linked to my
body of work in the sense that I
want to use sculptures in which the
pieces are both parts [of a whole]
and complete in themselves. They
are being created almost as a large
abstract still life or composition with
nonrepresentational forms that refer
to their surroundings."
Goodman, who considers Judaism
an important part of his life and
belongs to a synagogue near his
home, has done work with Jewish
themes. He completed a bronze wall
installation for the Reutlinger Center
for Jewish Living in Danville, Calif.,
and a large-scale relief for Temple
Jeremiah in Northbrook, Ill.
"Judaica commissions were really
interesting to me as ways to tie
images of the Old Testament to work
that is unique," the sculptor says. "I
could move into some of the images I
loved from ritualized objects using

my existing visual language. I could
rethink how to make a contemporary
Jewish sculpture."
Locally, Goodman is represented in
the collections of the Dow
Centennial Sculpture Garden in
Midland, Ingles and Associates in
Detroit, Greg and Lauren Fisher in
Bloomfield Hills and Sid and Matti
Forbes in Bloomfield Hills.
Across the country, his work is part
of the holdings of public, commercial
and private collectors, including the
Museum of Outdoor Arts in Denver
and the Sears Corporate Collection in
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Goodman, married with a family
that includes two young children and
two grown stepchildren, lives and
works in Chicago. He has a short
commute to his teaching job in
Indiana, where he chairs a faculty
think tank that funds school-commu-
nity research projects.
"My family lives in an old loft
building in an old Italian neighbor-
hood," Goodman says. "My studio is
on the first floor, and there's a three-
bedroom apartment on the second
floor. We have a roof deck.
Everything's in one place, and it's
like living above the store." [11

"Site Lines: Sculpture by Neil
Goodman and Elizabeth Mead"
will be on view through May 28
at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery,
480 W. Hancock, Detroit.
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Tuesdays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-
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