Contemporary Gallery


Earl Gordon

Art History Remix

April 11 – July 13, 2014

Opening reception

Friday April 11, 6-8 pm

Earl Gordon will give gallery talk at 7pm

The intersection of modern Western art and African art is the subject of the twenty collages that comprise Art History Remix. In these vibrant images, artist Earl Gordon also suggests his biographic affinities to these styles as well as relationships between artists whose connections are not widely known. While such moments could imply a degree of pictorial cohesion, in these works, Gordon’s representations are fragmented as if a crucible has been broken apart and each element exposed to encourage more direct scrutiny. In his images shapes that begin at the edges of his pictorial space, rhythmically force themselves to the center. Often angular, their sharp points direct the viewer from one area of the image to the next. The building up of his motifs enhances the depth of field, giving Gordon’s pictures an interior quality that belies their flat surfaces.  Critics have identified Gordon’s style as closely related to the improvisation of mid-20th century jazz.

Earl Gordon received a BFA in sculpture from VCU and a MFA in Painting from Yale University. He has taught painting and sculpture for the past 30 years, most recently at the University of Toledo.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Blue Moon Fund and albemarle magazine.