Don Gordon


Contact Information

donushka6@gmail.com

Phone: (215) 694-3645

Philadelphia PA

Mixed Media

Artist's Biography

A long-time Philadelphia native, Don has worked as a marketing writer for several companies as well as a local university. His degree is in English Literature.

Artist's Statement

I am a self-taught Philadelphia artist who has only recently begun exhibiting. Initially, my focus was on displaying artwork such as collages and paintings in public spaces in order to elicit people's reactions to unexpected or incongruous exhibition of art. Most of those pieces, numbering over one hundred, were destroyed.

Much of my current work explores the idea of salvaging portraiture from “disposable”sources in order to capture more humane, if reimagined, narratives. I seek to demonstrate ways in which forgotten lives – lives rendered expendable through mass media – can be reclaimed through the artistic process. I refer to these pieces as "reversals” to connote the progression from subject to object and then back to subject.

In addition, I am working on a set of masks known as the Infant Warriors. Represented as artifacts of a tribe with a distinctly unsettling mythology, the warriors are often depicted consuming items with significant psychological power in the “real” world. Of course, the true story of this mysterious people remains very much open to interpretation.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
Selected Works on Glass, The Art Shop, Philadelphia, PA

2015 - 2017
Public installations of collages and paintings, Philadelphia, PA

Education

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
B.A., English Literature