Goatmother Industrial is an art producing entity, currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 2003, it serves as an identifying moniker for numerous art and sound related activities by artist Mark Rice. Originally based in Bloomington, Indiana, Rice took the title with him to the East Coast in 2009, where he has since attained his Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. Traveling next to South Carolina in 2011, he attended an 11-month artist residency at Hub-Bub, an art gallery and performance space located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He then spent the subsequent year teaching Drawing, Art History, and Art Appreciation at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Spartanburg Community College. Rice taught printmaking and coordinated product development at the Center for Creative Works. Rice currently teaching serigraphy at Tyler School of Art.
Aside from his visual and conceptual art pursuits, Rice is noted as a talented drummer, who has performed and recorded with a host of musical groups including: Magnolia Electric Company,the Impossible Shapes, the Coke Dares, and Early Day Miners, among others. In 2009, his one-man-band, Thit, a more personal musical endeavor, began showing signs of activity, and thus became a unifying “brand” for subsequent audio works, sound experiments, and handmade audio devices.
Rice’s work, and the Goatmother Industrial tag are both deeply tied to Bloomington, Indiana, and the city’s Art Hospital non-profit art space.
The Art Hospital, of which he was a co-founder, was an artist-run non-profit art and music space that featured on-site studios. The revolving cast of Hospital artists had biannual staff exhibitions in both Bloomington and Indianapolis, even swapping shows with the members of Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis in 2008.
Outside of Indiana, Goatmother Industrial has been in exhibition at Durham, North Carolina’s Fort Grunt space, The Martin Art Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and most recently at Providence, Rhode Island’s Pearl Street space and the Gelman Gallery at RISD, as well as many others.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Artwork produced by Goatmother Industrial is actualized through the use of many different mediums, including: printmaking, sculptural works, art objects/products, audio, video, and fashion/apparel.
Many works involve the use of the “Rungish” language, a visually and verbally syllabic adaptation of the English language created by Goatmother Industrial.
From a material standpoint, the artist tends to incorporate recycled items from many sources, such as construction and architectural salvage, and holds steady to ideas on sustainability and reuse.
With the pretense of being a corporate entity, Goatmother Industrial sometimes incorporates alterations of existing products and product ideas, as well as installation-oriented works.
Not all projects by the artist are attributed to the Goatmother Industrial title. To extend the corporate facade, work is also accredited to his proper name, as well as several “subsidiary” monikers, referred to by the official Goatmother Industrial press release as “The Umbrella of Shame”). These include:
- Knifekiss Productions
- Thit (Soundage)
- Commanding Father Foods
- Dogs in Paris
- Fantum Limb Fanamatronix
- Flowerpenis Apparel
- The Honor System Store
- Voyage Corps Gifts
- Spray the Hooray: Non-Athletic Games
- Alottaknotts Apparel Company
- Lil’ Learner’s Books
- Fort Polio
by tyco riley