Larry Goode received his BFA from The University of Texas at Austin, and his MFA from Texas State University. Goode's work has been acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago's special collections library and Seton Hospital's permanent collection as well as many private collections, and been included in the HBO series, The Leftovers, displayed at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the Austin Public Library. Spending considerable time as a youth on a ranch east of Dallas and in the Texas hill country, Goode developed a love for the sky, vast open ranges, the unpredictability of weather, and an interest in how these affect our emotions and perceptions. A longtime practitioner of Buddhism, Goode's work explores Zen beliefs and concepts. His work examines the mindfulness, melancholy, and joy that can result from the combination of these influences. He is left handed, but sometimes draws with his right, loves dogs, and currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
My work tells a story. It is inspired by the elusive nature of the horizon- the idea that there is something on the horizon, perhaps blurred, that is difficult to identify. In this series I am striving to capture the feeling of the unknown just beyond the horizon line, or perhaps just coming into view. The images are based on remembrances and memories of past events. Rather than accurately tell the story, I strive to recognize that memory is fallible, and embrace the organic nature of the way that memories evolve and live within us.
My pieces are created using oil paint on canvas or oil stick on archival paper. I utilize oil paint or stick because the organic feel and texture lends itself to the ephemeral nature of the work. My work rejects the modern and the digital. I use my fingers to draw, and drag, and press pigments into awkward shapes and new colors. Finally, I use fire to coalesce the work by working a blowtorch over the surface. This creates a somewhat opaque surface and blurs the memories - melding it into a past, present and future story.
My intention is to transport the viewer into a contemplative space. The work is a study of emptiness, but also emptiness filled with the ticking of time, past and present and future moving at different speeds. My goal is that the viewer feels connected to something spiritual, something bigger than themselves, and are inspired to be open to what is unknown. This body of work is about the human experience, and what it means to be a person.