Interview: Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler

Interview: Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda KahlerImage courtesy of Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler

Interview: Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler

Luca Curci talks with Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler during SPACES, third appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

24/7 is a project which captures the 24-hour experiences of photographer Darcie Goldberg and ceramic artist Rhoda Kahler in 7 east coast US cities: Boston, Atlantic City, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Providence. By photographing people and neighborhoods and creating hundreds of ceramic impressions – from manhole covers to architectural detail – the project takes one deeply into the particular essence of each city. The project seeks also to merge the two media: photography and ceramics in truly collaborative and new ways. Historically these two media have come under question about whether they are true “fine arts.” The project began in 2014 and has continued to add more cities. Every city has its story and its soul.

                       

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Darcie Goldberg – For me art is a symbol of what it means to be human. It brings meaning to life and connects one to another. Art allows me to leave my mark on the world.
Rhoda Kahler – Art is everything to me. It is all I think about; I wouldn’t want to be anything else but an artist. I am constantly thinking about creating…shapes and for… and how to make it… what would I use to make it… I love to create.

LC – What’s your background?
DG – I studied photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before going to work for United Press International. After several years of freelance work and teaching B&W film and darkroom, I completed my Masters in the Creative Arts at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia. I was the Executive Director of the Chester County Art Association for 18 years before returning to my roots of photography.
RK – I have a Bachelors of Fine Art from West Chester University and have collaborated with many artists over the years. I have worked with designers, clay artists and painters and have been an instructor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, West Chester University among numerous Art Centers and galleries. Along with exhibiting in Galleries I also create large-scale murals and installations.

                             

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LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
DG – The most influence on my work has been working on the project. My style hasn’t changed with B&W photographs, but my courage has changed to take the risks of more experimentation with my images. The project also freed me in a sense of size and the grandeur of my images.
RK – I don’t think it was a single experience that influenced me the most, but it was the moment that I became fearless and stopped limiting myself. I felt empowered to create anything.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society?
DG – Communicator – art represents our past, present and future. Most things in life evolve around art in one way or another. The artist provides color, texture and emotions to life. The artwork we leave behinds tells our stories. Art is energy and belief in the power of imagination. Art feels like it reflects the very core of humanity.
RK – For me, seeing and living with art in our communities, neighborhoods and cities is exhilarating. We are the creators and push forwarD… we add color and excitement to life. Artists also have the ability to make people pause and think about history, society and the human experience.

                                   

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LC – And the contemporary art?
DG – To create works of art that challenge traditional boundaries and defy easy definitions. Artists also have the opportunity to give voice to the varied and changing cultural landscape of values and beliefs, as well as political diversity.
RK – I feel the artists’ role in contemporary art is to push the viewer to the next level. Contemplating a piece of art and not just accepting the image for face value but to think about design, color and scale.

LC – What is your creative process like?
DG – I keep journals filled with my thoughts and ideas, as well as quotes and photographs from travels and photographs others have shared. I attend exhibitions of all medias, read books and watch films. I take a lot of random and select photographs. This helps me prepare. I often step outside my thought processing and run or do a physical activity to clear my thoughts and wait for a eureka moment when the creative process manifests. I work long and late hours in my studio to experiment and create a volume of work. I work on long-term projects to expand my vision and motivate my desire and passion to create art.
RK – I believe art is everywhere, whether or not we realize it. It is the relationship between an object or feeling, thought or concept, and how it appeals to my sense of form. I look at the mundane and see something beautiful and unique. Within me it stirs emotions and passions that absolutely must be expressed into art. It’s when I take these images and translate them into a piece of clay that makes my art tangible and not just a figment of my imagination. Each piece takes on a life form of its own and unfolds and explains itself through its many layers. At this point I consider myself a narrator, bringing all the pieces together. Mind. Soul. Hands. My work becomes an extension of myself.

                                   

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue?
DG – Humans & the environment, places & daily life, identity, and conflict & adversity
RK – Nature, or something discarded… for me, it is about texture… I could be inspired by cracks in a sidewalk or tree roots weaving their way into the ground.

LC – What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
DG – Majority of my work is created around environmental portraits, documentary and street photography from my travels.
RK – I love the texture of cities and landscapes, which are both prominent in much of my work.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
DG & RK – The concept of “Surfaces” correlated beautifully to the project. surfaces/places/cities/people/architecture/transportion/religion/history/culture/…….

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
DG & RK – “City Facade” was created specifically for the festival from a large body of existing work from the 24/7 Project.

 

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LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
DG & RK – We appreciate the international platform and community exposure.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
DG & RK – Incredibly inclusive and well done on all media platforms – signage, books, posters, interviews and social media.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
DG & RK – Yes. ITSLIQUID was very responsive to our questions and concerns exhibiting internationally. They guided us and encouraged our participation. Sincere thanks!

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