Guy Goldstein
10/2/2021 - 1/2/2022

Guy Goldstein (Israeli, born 1974) maintains a hybrid practice as a visual artist and musician. Exploring the shifting relationships between sound and image, Goldstein considers how sonic and visual experiences overlap and inform one another. During Fall 2019, Goldstein lived in Omaha for one month at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. The inaugural resident artist in Bemis’s Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, Goldstein spent his time in Omaha conceptualizing a new, multimedia project for Joslyn's Riley Contemporary Artists Project (CAP) Gallery.

Goldstein’s work often responds to historical and contemporary narratives that shape the identity of a place. The Bemis building—a warehouse built in 1887 for the Bemis Inc., a bag company—and the Old Market’s history as a hub of labor and manufacturing provided inspiration for Goldstein’s Omaha project. Scouring Bemis’s fourth floor—a vast materials archive available to artists-in-residence—Goldstein discovered bags filled with work gloves that became the starting point for Der Sekundenmacher, 2020, a video the artist filmed during his residency. In the video, Goldstein lumbers through Bemis’s vast spaces with scales strapped to his feet, a commentary on how we “measure” the value of labor. The artist laboriously collects the gloves and stuffs them into a piano, which he then attempts to play. Following production of the video, Goldstein sewed the gloves together to create a tapestry-like wall hanging that removes the functionality of these items while evoking the many tasks they may have seen.

Guy Goldstein's exhibition at Joslyn is sponsored by

and supported by the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation.

Karen and Doug Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery exhibitions are supported by Douglas County, Catherine & Terry Ferguson, and Sara Foxley.