Lick It










Photo by Silvia Ros

Windows@Walgreens | 6700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

On view through February 14, 2016

The mediums used in Frances Goodman’s work are the materials and labor of the beauty industry. Goodman deftly deploys fake nails, false eyelashes, earrings, pearls, and sequins, among many other items found in the beauty aisle, to create works that are simultaneously seductive and appalling.  The repetitive and meticulous gestures used to create Lick It mimic the repetitive and meticulous labors of nail salons and beauty maintenance regimes. By employing these materials and efforts, Goodman’s work draws attention to popular assumptions that narrow the possibilities of female identity to extremes of consumption, aspiration, obsession, desire, and anxiety. Though Goodman’s work references a society in which objects can define and burden people, it also celebrates the use of these materials as symbols of empowerment.  – Jennie Lamensdorf, Art in Buildings

Lick It was created during Goodman’s residency at Fountainhead Residency in Miami.

Frances Goodman | Johannesburg, South Africa, 1975 |
Lives and works in Johannesburg
Goodman is fast becoming known as one of South Africa’s strongest artistic voices of feminism and consumerism. Goodman studied Fine Arts at Wits University, Johannesburg. On completion of an MA at Goldsmiths College, London, UK, she lived in Antwerp, Belgium, where she was artist in residence at HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts). Goodman has had solo exhibitions at the Goodman Gallery in South Africa, Aeroplastics in Belgium, (Art)Amalgamated in New York and TM Projects in Geneva. She has participated in major international exhibitions such as The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists commencing at MMK Frankfurt and travelling to the Smithsonian and SCAD, Savannah, Lust and Vice: From Durer to Nauman at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Spheres, at Le Moulin, France and Beauty and Pleasure, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway. Her work has been shown at the Armory, ArtBasel and ArtBasel in Miami Beach. She has been invited to participate in a number of residencies, including Art Omi, New York; ISCP, New York; The Foundation GegenwART, Berne, Switzerland; Recollets International Accommodation and Exchange Centre, Paris; Artist’s Work Program, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, Ireland; and most recently Fountainhead Residency in Miami.



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