Kristy Gordon 2013 Vernissage
Thursday September 19th, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beautiful & Dangerous
Ottawa Citizen review Sept. 2013
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine USA Nov. 2013
In her new show at Cube Gallery, Canadian artist Kristy Gordon turns her frank,
unwavering but never unkind eye upon New York City. Already
internationally recognized at the age of 33, Gordon successfully finished
a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art earlier this year.
Her work in NYC reflects artistic growth which can only be described as
explosive, amplified, narrative and monumental; but still very personal,
intimate and sensitive.
"Kristy's oeuvre ranges from portraits and self-portraits to experimental paintings. She demonstrates surprising maturity and skill for a young artist," says Cube curator Don Monet. "Her painstaking attention to detail and technique still manages to surprise. Yet the intimacy she expresses in every single painting remains classic Kristy Gordon."
This show marks the end of a busy year for Gordon: she was recently named a finalist for the Kingston Prize, Canada's national portrait competition; one of the paintings in the upcoming Cube Gallery show, "Self-Portrait with Batman," received an Award of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America; she will be featured in an article in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine's "Three to Watch" in November/December and she was one of the artists chosen to paint a panel in the National Mural Mosaic project for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
Kristy Gordon has been a full-time painter since
2004, exhibiting her work internationally and earning numerous awards
including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Merit Award from
Daniel Greene in the Salon International 2009, third prize at the
Portrait Society of Canada International Portrait Competition, Best of Show in
the National Art Premier, Illinois as well as being named Top Finalist in
the Art Renewal Center's International 2008/2009 ARC Salon.
Her paintings are held in collections and galleries around the world and she has been widely featured in numerous magazines, art publications, radio and television shows.
"My paintings investigate the sensation of moving through the unknown,” she says. “They explore the idea of remaining buoyant through transitional periods and often depict creatures that create their own light. They embody the idea that one must create one's own light to stay positive through these in-limbo periods. My paintings explore bipolar oppositions such as light and dark, soft and hard edges, the beautiful and the dangerous.”
Kristy's statements about two key pieces in the show.
"Explosion," is like a burst of potential energy. It captures a moment of extreme movement as well as a strange stillness, like the slowing down of time one is said to feel in near death experiences. It shows the powerful energy behind potential. Moments before the explosion one would have seen nothing, but then in a flash, all the potential that was within it explodes into fruition. I think for me "Explosion" is about endings and beginnings. I was even considering the title "Ending/Beginning". It came about from a big ol' ending in my life, but was a recognition that endings bring new beginnings (destruction/creation, that sorta thing - gotta let the old burn to let the new in).
"Jellyfish" is directly related to the explosion painting, explosive and also quiet. For "Jellyfish" I was thinking about the phenomenological experience of moving through the unknown. The central Jellyfish to me represents the idea of maintaining focus on where one wants to go, so that out of the confusion comes resolution. Both of these paintings embody the idea of potential".Catalogue of Kristy's 2013 show now available on Blurb.com
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