Abby Goldstein (b. Chicago, IL ) received a BFA from Pratt Institute, NY and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. Ms. Goldstein is an Associate Professor of Art and heads the Graphic Design concentration at Fordham University,NY. She is the collaborator and co-designer of “Revival Type” with Paul Shaw and the award winning book, "Helvetica and the New York City Subway System". Ms. Goldstein has exhibited her art in the US and abroad. She has received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Science, and Brush Creek Artist Residency, Willapa Bay Artist fellowship. Public commissions include: Gateway Center, Brooklyn, NY, Manhattan Bridge Bicycle path, NYC Department of Transportation, and St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY. Ms Goldstein lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Accidental Geographies

“Signs form a language, but not the one you think you know.”     ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

My background and experience in graphic design and typography heavily influences how I see the world around me. It is the lexicon of typographic and topographic marks that occupies my imagination.  My interest in maps is driven by this graphic background and by my reliance on them to describe, where I am, where I am going and where I have been. Historic maps are of particular interest because they tell a story of a place and the environment.

In my work I use meandering and intertwining marks to traverse a two-dimensional space. Clusters of circular and organic shapes in subtle hues combine with repeated rectangles and lines in contrasting colors to evoke movement and the disparity between built and natural environments. My process is a journey through a geographical space that often references a specific location. Fundamental to my methodology is the organic unfolding of each piece. By obscuring and redrawing I let the process remain visible with overlays of color washes, markers and opaque paint suggesting evolutionary change. While I work preconceived ideas are rejected and a response to the unexpected is embraced. A visual system, alluding to cartography emerges based on symbology, disruption and transformation.