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 printmaking courses 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.
Goatmother Industrial has exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions, primarily focused in the Midwest and East Coast.
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.