Miles Cleveland Goodwin spoke Saturday morning at Froelick Gallery. He described the meaning and process of each piece in the new exhibit, drifting from one work to the next in a big, rolling office chair. Raised in Mississippi and living in Georgia, Miles speaks slowly and clearly. Some works are absolutely metaphorical, some stem from a single experience. All are heavily worked and reworked, often simultaneously to allow for dry time.
Miles does not draw. All his activity goes into the paintings. The sketching, thinking, reconsidering takes place entirely in the singular world of the canvas.
Well, unless we include collecting and taking photographs for reference to be a kind of Drawing. I guess we could, carefully. In Miles’ hands, the camera operates as a shared platter passed between himself and the subject, a continuation of their conversation. His camera doesn’t distance, but connects, lightly, meaningfully. It is incidentally part of the process. The image on the canvas is the presence of Miles’ engagement with his collaborators and his metaphors and his paint.