Sidney Goodman: Paintings

On the microcosmic level, Goodman’s images are often disturbing: no holds barred and chaste decorum is anathema. We witness the human struggle to live, bear children, and watch as one’s time passes, even as a child’s time is now.If a background setting is shown, it is usually rather horrific. The urban scene, indeed modernity itself, macrocosmically speaking, is a thoroughly frightening place, full of detritus burning out of control. In this atmosphere, just holding on to another human being for dear life becomes essential to survival. Such situations are at once maudlin and life enhancing, with beneficence, even beatitude, the reward.
– Mark Rosenthal. Strange Fruit.