• A painting by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Graphite and spray paint on paper

    24 x 18 inches

  • A painting by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Graphite and spray paint on paper

    39 1/2 x 18 inches

  • An installation view of the exhibition, Mike Goodlett: Chez Lui, at MARCH, Lexington, Kentucky, in 2021.

    Mike Goodlett

    Chez Lui

    Installation View

  • A painting by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Graphite and spray paint on paper

    17 x 14 inches

  • A drawing by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Graphite and spray paint on paper

    23 1/2 x 18 inches

  • An installation view of the exhibition, Mike Goodlett: Chez Lui, at MARCH, Lexington, Kentucky, in 2021.

    Mike Goodlett

    Chez Lui

    Installation View

  • A drawing by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2021.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2021

    Graphite and spray paint on paper

    17 x 14 inches

  • A sculpture by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2019.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2019

    Concrete and Hydrostone with oil-based enamel

    36 x 12 inches

  • A sculpture by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Concrete and Hydrostone with oil-based enamel

    41 x 18 x 16 inches

  • A sculpture by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Concrete with oil-based enamel

    20 x 15 x 11 inches

  • A sculpture by Mike Goodlett titled Untitled, dated 2020.

    Mike Goodlett

    Untitled, 2020

    Concrete and Hydrostone with oil-based enamel and thread

    25 x 11 x 7 inches

  • An installation view of the exhibition, Mike Goodlett: Chez Lui, at MARCH, Lexington, Kentucky, in 2021.

    Mike Goodlett

    Chez Lui

    Installation View

The Language of Flowers

MARCH x Reyes | Finn

February 19 -April 16, 2021

Chez Lui

Mike Goodlett

December 5 -January 31, 2021

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Almost Folly
Mike Goodlett
Tops Gallery
2019

Human Behavior
Mike Goodlett
John Michael Kohler Art Center
2016

HOMEBODY
Mike Goodlett
Christian Berst Art Brut
2015

Dress Socks and Other Diversions
Mike Goodlett
Institute 193
2011

Selected Group Exhibitions

The Language of Flowers
Reyes | Finn
2021

Body Language
University of Kentucky Art Museum
2020

Garden
SHRINE
2019

Doldrums
Mrs.
2019

Tan Lines
Summertime x Institute 193 (1B)
2019

Atlanta Biennial
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
2019

Summer Studio
Elaine de Kooning House
2018

Perversion of Form
1708 Gallery
2017

Institute 193: Swimming Them Homeward
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
2017

Cityscapes
University of Kentucky Art Museum
2017

Material Issue
KMAC Museum
2016

Abstraction Today
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
2016

World Made By Hand
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2016

Wunderkammer
Conduit Gallery
2016

Mike Goodlett’s (b. 1958) oeuvre is composed of fantastical and suggestive arrangements, serving as totems of unknown entities and objects of hidden desire. Swollen bodies, abstracted objects, and winding architectures are composed from plaster, concrete, enamel, and spray paint. In conversation with these sculptures are Goodlett’s drawings, which employ a distinct language made up of delicate linework, anatomical forms, and playful symmetry. His world is playful yet elegant, populated yet lonely, yielding restrained imagery that blurs the line between eroticism and whimsy.

Mike Goodlett was born in 1958 in Lexington, KY and passed away in 2021 in Wilmore, KY. He earned a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1983. Solo exhibitions include NADA House 2021 (Governors Island, NY) and Chez Lui at MARCH (Kentucky) in 2021, Mike Goodlett: Almost Folly at Tops Gallery (Memphis, TN) and the Atlanta Biennial (Atlanta, GA) in 2019, Human Behavior at the John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI) 2016, HOMEBODY at Christian Berst Art Brut (New York, NY) in 2015, and Dress Socks and Other Diversions at Institute 193 (Lexington, KY) in 2011.

Goodlett has been included in exhibitions at the University of Kentucky Art Museum (Lexington, KY), SHRINE (New York, NY), The Elaine de Kooning House (East Hampton, NY), Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre (Atlanta, GA),  Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta, GA), and KMAC Museum (Louisville, KY). He has been represented by MARCH since 2020.

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Art in America
November 10, 2021
Welcome to the Dollhouse: Mike Goodlett at Institute 193
By Maddie Klett

Brooklyn Rail
September 2021
Mike Goodlett: Desire Itself
By Alexandra Drexelius

BURNAWAY
May 25, 2021
Inside Out at whitespace, Atlanta
By Carlos Nunez

BURNAWAY
January 11, 2021
Mike Goodlett: Chez Lui
By Daniel Fuller

Under Main
2020
Who Goes There? “Body Language: Hunter Stamps and Mike Goodlett”
By Keith Banner

Ruckus
2020
Body Language: Hunter Stamps and Mike Goodlett
By Kevin Warth

BURNAWAY
July 30, 2019
Prisoner of Love: Mike Goodlett in Kentucky
By Paul Michael Brown

Under Main
2019
Ghosts and the Clothes They Wear: Mike Goodlett’s Life with Art
By Keith Banner

Art Viewer
August 13, 2019
Doldrums at Mrs.

Hyperallergic
October 12, 2018
Elaine de Kooning’s Old House Is Art’s New Home
By Edward M. Gómez

Under Main
2018
Kentucky Artists at the Elaine de Kooning House
By Chris Byrne

Art F City
October 2, 2015
The Benefits of Isolation: Mike Goodlett at Christian Berst Art Brut
By Paul Michael Brown

BOMB
December 15, 2015
Mike Goodlett
By Ben Durham

North of Center
November 9, 2011
Mike Goodlett’s Biomorphic World
By Ben Durham

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