“As a painter, I’m working backwards. For me, the first mark is the most obvious and then the last mark I make on a painting will probably be barely even seen.”
— Darren Goins
Goins works and particular settings relate to landscape planning diagrams, topographical maps or architectural plans. He is intrigued by cultures and locations around the globe where communication is through pictures rather than words. The imagined version of a civilization or society adds the romantic connection to his works.
The North Carolina-born, Los Angeles-based artist combines digital technologies with traditional painting methods to create abstract works that use an aesthetic vernacular associated with early computer graphics. Perhaps most well-known for his reverse paintings on clear acrylic panels, Goins creates an image using software such as Photoshop or MS Paint to then input the data from his inspirations into his CNC machine, cutting intricate and complex designs. After the machine carves through the acrylic Darren Goins paints over the surface in striking colors.
Darren Goins reveals his final product by flipping the piece around to the other side. To make a painting in reverse Goins says he gives himself completely to the production of the painting. “The etching is permanent. I have to live with every decision.” The output becomes a visual gorge in low relief that distorts process and medium. Within the three-dimensional drawings, planes collide causing shifts through harmony or rift against one another creating tectonic buttressing and divisional crevasses. The works force perceptual aberration where the placidity of language and image are in perpetual vacillation.