Richard Goulis

Richard Goulis, 2008 Digital print from color film by Scott Lapham

Richard Goulis, Digital print from color film by Scott Lapham

My inspiration comes from absolutely everywhere, and I truly mean everywhere. I probably cannot find a place in the known universe, especially the unknown, in which I don’t find some inkling of interest that might someday or another translate into a piece of artwork, video, or performance. But I don’t dwell on that. Its a force that just “is”. I live mostly in the moment and plan very little of my life much to the chagrin of my wife, who enjoys planning almost as much as she enjoys sleeping late when she can. Me, I can’t plan my way out of a wet paper bag, but I try. With very few exceptions, the materials I use here in China are all found by me or given to me. The background is an old teak wood tabletop, the surface is treated with dry pigments and “Indestructible Pearls” from the old home of the Victory Pearl Company in Olneyville. The TV cabinet was found on trash day on Broadway. There is nothing new about using discarded or found objects in artwork. The way I reuse them is new, if I’m lucky. I admire people who plan things. Maybe I will myself someday, but I enjoy trying things out and seeing where they take me.

Source: NetWorks 2008 Catalogue

China, 2008 Plastic, acrylic, wood, glass, ceramic, water, DVD video 81 x 60 x 30 inches Lent by the artist

China, 2008
Plastic, acrylic, wood, glass, ceramic, water, DVD video 81 x 60 x 30 inches


Film by: Christian de Rezendes
Music performed by: The Invented Thing Quartet and Industrial Sonic Echo, from 3-D(ecker) Indigenous Sounds of Worcester, produced by Sal Magundi
Banjo music by: The Great Unwashed
Featuring: the Sparkling Beatniks and the Empire Revue
Archival footage filmed by: Ismail Kanater, Robert Condy, Steven Kirklys, TV 12 of Albuquerque, NM
Block photography: Marcus Sabini, Abby Test
Empire Revue Cast photography: Pamela Murray
Filmed in: Providence, RI
Edited at: Breaking Branches Pictures, Slatersville, RI
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan M.D.

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