Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum opened Joseph Goldyne: Ephemeral Memoires Sunday, June 2.
Goldyne, from Sonoma, California, began drawing when he was s a small child and throughout his life has honed his ability to concentrate his focus and render the essentials of his subject matter.
His delicately rendered landscapes and still lifes have the effect of triggering flashes of memory in viewers. Even the waterfall paintings, created purely from the artist’s imagination during the last 14 years, seem to suggest cool, damp air and earthy aquatic smells.
His still life images include such personal objects as favored booked with time-softened corners, well-worn jackets, closets filled with clothing, a sandwich with a toothpick-skewered olive and a parrot tulip bending in its crystal vase. Like the waterfalls, these images mark a fleeting instant in time and, beyond that, a sense of how that moment might have felt.
Goldyne received a bachelor’s degree in art history at the University of California-Berkley and then entered the University of California-San Francisco where in 1968 he earned a doctorate. Still longing to practice art, he enrolled at Harvard University for a master’s degree in art history.
The Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum is located at 300 N. 16th. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays or by appointment. There is no charge for admission.