Neil Goldberg’s videos — at once personal and detached, humorous and poignant — are anxious reflections on aging, mourning, and death. Goldberg uses family members as willing subjects and agents in his conceptual art.
Neil Goldberg’s videos—at once personal and detached, humorous and poignant—are anxious reflections on aging, mourning, and death. Goldberg uses family members as willing subjects and agents in his conceptual art.
In My Parents Read Dreams I’ve Had About Them, Goldberg’s mother and father recite comical and surreal transcripts handed to them by the artist. With a sharp wit, Goldberg uses his lens to broach difficult subjects such as fear of failure, familial rejection, and aging. In A System for Writing Thank You Notes, the artist’s widowed father explains his efficient method for acknowledging condolence cards and other expressions of sympathy. The father’s uncomfortably amusing explanation demonstrates how order and dispassion are necessary tools in the grieving process. My Father Breathing Into a Mirror is a one-minute meditation featuring Goldberg’s father in the foreground of an autumnal landscape.
Neil Goldberg has previously exhibited at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, The Hammer Museum, the Jewish Museum (in the exhibition Too Jewish?: Challenging Traditional Identities, 1996), the Kitchen, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Wexner Center for the Arts. His videos have been screened at the British Film Institute, the New York Jewish Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and Thirteen/WNET’s Reel New York. His work is in the permanent collections of the Jewish Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York.