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Nicole Gordon
updated: 03/07/2012
website: www.nicolegordon.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Asylum (installation view)
Cathedral
Asylum
Deer head with Monkey
Deer Head with Crystals
Persian Miniature with Totems
Deer Head Chandelier
Tired Monkey
Bedrock
Goodbye Cruel World, I'm Off to Join the Circus
Stateless
Stateless installation view
Congestion
Greed
Anger
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative, historical, surreal
 
 
Asylum (installation view) by Nicole Gordon
Asylum (installation view)
Mixed Media
2012
Dimensions variable
Cathedral by Nicole Gordon
Cathedral
oil on canvas
2011
48" x  72" 
Asylum by Nicole Gordon
Asylum
pen and ink on mylar
2011
24" x  36" 
Deer head with Monkey by Nicole Gordon
Deer head with Monkey
acrylic on mylar
2011
24" x  18" 
Deer Head with Crystals by Nicole Gordon
Deer Head with Crystals
Mixed Media
2011
Dimensions variable
Persian Miniature with Totems by Nicole Gordon
Persian Miniature with Totems
oil on paper
2011
24" x  18" 
Deer Head Chandelier by Nicole Gordon
Deer Head Chandelier
Mixed Media
2012
Dimensions variable
Tired Monkey by Nicole Gordon
Tired Monkey
Pen and Colored Pencil on vellum
2012
5" x  8" 
Bedrock by Nicole Gordon
Bedrock
oil on two canvases
2008
111 " x  72 " 
Goodbye Cruel World, I'm Off to Join the Circus by Nicole Gordon
Goodbye Cruel World, I'm Off to Join the Circus
oil on canvas
2008
108 " x  96 " 
Stateless by Nicole Gordon
Stateless
Oil on canvas
2009
108" x  96" 
Stateless installation view by Nicole Gordon
Stateless installation view
mixed media
2009
Dimensions variable
Congestion by Nicole Gordon
Congestion
oil on canvas
2007
48" x  60" 
Greed by Nicole Gordon
Greed
charcoal and pencil on mylar
2006
24 " x  36 " 
Anger by Nicole Gordon
Anger
charcoal and pencil on mylar
2006
24 " x  36 " 

Artist Statement

My paintings and installations combine figures and/or landscapes from Medieval to Renaissance periods often sampled from historical genre paintings, injected with contemporary imagery. I intentionally reuse images that, regardless of their original context, speak across time and space. The work reflects on cultural displacement and seeks to cut through the viewers’ complacency by drawing the viewers in with a studied prettiness of luscious and decorative surfaces. The images are both beautiful and uncomfortable at the same time.

Closer inspection reveals them to be rooted in history, challenging the viewer to dissect the layers of the painting and question historical and contemporary ideals. Some of my paintings are combined with installation elements in which parts of the painting are recreated in three-dimensional form. Bringing the work into the surrounding space serves to seduce the viewer into the work, giving the imagery an unsettling mix of realism and fantasy.

Artist Bio / CV

 Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Linda Warren Gallery, Saligia, Chicago, IL

        Cultural Center of Chicago, Chicago, IL

         Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008 Elmhurst Art Museum, Unifying Themes, Elmhurst, IL

2007 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA

2006 University of Michigan, Lane Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

2005 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010

Artropolis Chicago, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

         Gallery Project, Mind, Ann Arbor, MI

         Gallery Project, Imaging the Future, Ann Arbor, MI

         Lois Lambert Gallery, The Group 2010, Santa Monica, CA

2009 Artropolis Chicago, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago IL

2008  The Lab at Belmar, Failure, Lakewood, CO

          Gallery Project, Painting 2008, Ann Arbor, MI

2007 Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

         Evanston Art Center, Works on Paper, Evanston, IL

2006 Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH

West Washington University, Bellingham, WA

2003 Art Chicago project space, Chicago, IL

2002 Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, IL

Publications

2010  Sideshow Fables, second edition, cover art

2009  Westin, Monica, New City, April 20

         Bellas, Benjamin, Daily Serving, October 5

2008 Gomez, Edward M., “Minneapolis Modern”, Art and Antiques, April

2007 McQuaid, Cate, "Shades of Hades", Boston Globe, April 5

2006 New American Paintings, Midwest edition, Open Studios Press

2005 Lopez, Ruth, Time Out Chicago, April 14

Camper, Fred, "Boundary Breaker", Chicago Reader, April 8

2003 Cassidy, Victor M., "Prairie Smoke", ArtNet, April 4

Hawkins, Margaret, "30 and Below", Chicago Sun Times, March 9

Artner, Alan, Chicago Tribune, January 31

Education

B.F.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI