Vasari 21 Interviews Francie Bishop Good
Interview by Ann Landi
Ever since she acquired her first camera with S&H Green Stamps way back in the 1950s, Francie Bishop Good has been an avid photographer and painter, pursuing subjects that explore the coming of age of her niece and the private domestic spheres of women and children. She and her husband, David Horvitz, are also avid collectors, focusing almost exclusively on works by women. And she is one of the founders of the Girls Club, a venue in Fort Lauderdale for shows, workshops, and lectures (the most recent exhibition featured works by Mickalene Thomas, Petah Coyne, Amy Sillman, and Elizabeth Murray).
After the 2016 election, Bishop Good turned to working with clay as a response to the dismaying political trends in the country. “She wanted to make work without thinking and as clay was a new experience for her, she allowed herself the freedom to explore this primal medium without any formal instruction in the traditions of ceramic and pottery,” says Bonnie Clearwater, director of the NSU Art Museum, where the artist’s works are on view through June 30 “Instead, she probed and kneaded the lump of clay until it magically emerged into an amorphous creature….For Bishop Good these ceramics are powerful talismans and also suggest the Gollum of Prague. According to Jewish folklore, a rabbi brought the gollum to life to defend the Prague ghetto from anti-semitic attacks and pogroms of the late 16th century. Similarly, Bishop Good’s creatures provide protection and solace for her against the barrage of unnerving current events.”
Our interview traces Bishop Good’s long and passionate involvement with art, collecting, and community.
Exhibit at Girls' Club
November 30, 2018 - March 30, 2019
Boss Lady: when female artists run the show
Artists include Delia Brown, Amalia Caputo, Petah Coyne, Francie Bishop Good, Pepe Mar, Elizabeth Murray, Wangechi Mutu, Paco Pomet, Karen Rifas, Julie Rofman, Sarah Michelle Rupert, Lezley Saar, Amy Sillman, Mickalene Thomas, Michelle Weinberg
Girls' Club Warehouse, 723 NE 2 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Exhibit at Frost Art Museum
June 30, 2018 - ongoing
Connectivity: Selections from the Collection of the Frost Art Museum
The photograph, Mothers and Children, Pink Dress and Reflections, in conversation with two works by Ruth Orkin.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17 Street, Miami, FL
Exhibit at NSU Art Museum
September 9, 2018 – June 30, 2019
REMEMBER TO REACT: 60 YEARS OF COLLECTING
"For most of her career Francie BIshop Good has worked in the two-dimensional mediums of painting, collage, photography and computer generated images. Although her early paintings and mixed media works are highly textured with layers of expressively applied paint and collaged elements, her most recent computer work limited her personal touch and resulted in the production of super flat surfaces. Her sources tend to be autobiographical, and even in her most abstracted works, the figure remained a constant characteristic. Bishop Good, however, felt compelled to migrate to working clay with her hands in 2016 as an emotional response to recent political and social turmoil. She wanted to make work without thinking and as clay was a new experience for her, she allowed herself the freedom to explore this primal medium without any formal instruction in the traditions of ceramic and pottery. Instead, she probed and kneaded the lump of clay until it magically emerged into an amorphous creature. Forgoing traditional pottery glazing Bishop Good applied saturated, vibrant acrylic paint directly to the porous surface. These creatures each with a distant personality, rapidly multiplied and coalesced into the microcosm where they exist independently of their creator. For Bishop Good these ceramics are powerful talismans and also suggest the Gollum of Prague. According to Jewish folklore, a rabbi brought the gollum to life to defend the Prague ghetto from anti-semetic attacks and pogroms of the late 16th century. Similarly, Bishop Good's creatures provide protection and solace for her against the barrage of unnerving current events."
- Bonnie Clearwater, Executive Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum
NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, One East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home is Where the Art Is
Venice Magazine, Article by Robin Hodes, November 2018
"Hanging art and displaying sculpture is just like the making of an artwork,” Bishop Good says. “It takes time, doesn’t always work out as planned and can be changed.”
Good & Hearty: Tomato Bisque
Art Hive Magazine, Article by Bruce Helander, Winter 2018
"The final fired work truly is a kind of metamor- phosis from paint on canvas to sculpture made from clay. For Bishop Good, she quickly discovered with this new malleable material that many of its character-istics had a seductive quality, which she enjoyed incorporating into various series throughout her colorful career."