I first experienced Audrey Goldstein’s work at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), after she had won the SMFA Traveling Fellowship in 2007. Goldstein exhibited two healing machines: “Generosity Generator” and “The Medicine Cabinets”, which investigated our internal systems, and invited the viewer to evoke some sense of empathy and peace while examining their role in the imagined space. Goldstein’s last solo presentation Issues Of Trust II at Gallery Kayafas (2014) scrutinized the use of materials and invented spaces, physical and imaginative, about our increasing disconnection from the body’s perceptions. One could even experience the exhibition by sitting on a bench sculpture that echoed a womb-like sensibility, or by wearing a willow sculpture around your neck like twisted up human veins. An overt interplay between materials assumed the guise of others and suspension between weight and weightlessness disoriented the viewer instead of reinforcing how each piece was experienced.
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