A Glorious Mess of Things
Damian Goidich is an artist from the United States. He likes to draw and paint.
My art reflects everything I am as an artist: what I see, what I imagine – the juxtaposition and mingling of the two and how it all filters through my mind, down my arm, and to the surface. It’s a world based on memory and visual cognition.
Drawing is the primary medium of expression because drawing speaks a different language than painting. Painting is grand; it’s the designated ‘High Art’. It is brimming with ‘Big Ideas’ that demand attention and creates distance between it and the viewer.
Drawing is quiet; it’s the ‘Little Art with Big Ideas’. It’s monochromatism denies easy recognition and asks you to come a little closer and have an intimate conversation with it. My art strives to encapsulate this idea.
Come closer. What do you see through the smudges and marks, the opaque, heavy blacks and wispy traces of grey lines? It’s whatever you want it to be. My art is open to all interpretations.
Education2013 MFA in Drawing, Kendall College of Art &
Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI2005 BFA in Illustration, Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris
State University, Grand Rapids, MIAwards2018 West Michigan Regional Arts Competition Juror Award, 2D Category2014 Golden Apple Art Residency Scholarship, Golden Apple Art
Residency, Harrington, ME2013 Golden Apple Art Residency Scholarship, Golden Apple Art
Residency, Harrington, ME2013 Ferris State University MFA Excellence in Art Purchase Award,
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI (Juror: Cindy Buckner, Associate
Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI)2009 Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University
Graduate Fellowship (Drawing), Grand Rapids, MI2008 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award, Grand Rapids Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI1990 The Society of Illustrators Annual Scholarship Competition, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY (honorable mention)Solo Exhibitions2022 Solo Exhibition, Now and Then, GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery, Grand Rapids Community College,
Grand Rapids, MI2017 Solo Exhibition, Head Shot, Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI2015 Solo Exhibition, Little Things, University Fine Arts Center, Ferris
State University, Big Rapids, MI2013 Solo Exhibition, Boxed In, The Fed Galleries, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MISelected Group Exhibitions2021 - West Michigan Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, MI2019 - Incoherent Thing War: A Useless Analysis, University Fine Arts Center, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI2017 - Artumentary, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI2016 - 15 Years of Decay: Defying the Local, Center for New Media/Arcus Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI
Unimportant Places, The Herkimer Building, Grand Rapids, MI
Live Coverage 2016: UICA, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI2015 - Artist’s Attic Sale, Pop-Up Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
In Celebration of Golden Apple Artists, Jonesport Public Library Centennial Celebration, Jonesport, ME2014 - ArtPrize 2014 at GRAM: [Dis]Comfort Zones, The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI (curator: Cindy Buckner, Associate Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum)