“I like to have a lot of accidents on the back of the painting. The accidents tend to be the most exciting on the other side,” says Goins, who also experiments with the textures created by the addition of pebbles, found in Joshua Tree (where he used to live), as well as watercolor. “As a painter, I’m working backwards. For me, the first mark is the most obvious and then the last mark I make on a painting will probably be barely even seen. I have no idea what’s going to happen on the other side.”
Goins recently moved to Vernon (the city that inspired the famously corrupt and dystopian municipality of Vinci in the last season of True Detective
) from Joshua Tree where he worked under
, who was preparing for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Allen does most of his sculpting on a robotic CNC robot, and Goins quickly picked up the basics of working with the 3-D carver, which has an interface Goins compares to Microsoft Paint. He purchased his own machine, which he uses by inputting images that are then etched into a surface.