New exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum from Chicago Surrealist painter Nicole Gordon combines playful imagery with grim realities
My work is included in this newly published book about public art created for the Chicago Transit Authority. Text and design by Ruth Lopez and Jason Pickleman
Elevated: Art and Architecture of the Chicago Transit Authority, serves as a guide to the more than 70 works of art and 24 significant architectural elements showcased across the CTA system. Creation of the new book is part of CTA
Nicole Gordon is an artist and mom of three based in Chicago. She paints stunning surreal landscapes, which provide the viewer with a visual feast, and also creates sculpture and installation work. Nicole received her BFA from University of Michigan and also studied at the Lorenzo de
Nicole, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
In high school I had a very influential art teacher as well as incredibly supportive parents who encouraged me to follow my passion and study art in college. I chose to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Michigan so that I could balance a fine arts degree within a more liberal arts framework. During college, while I considered myself a painter, I experimented with every manner of medium. I had a professor who encouraged me to think much more conceptually about image making and encouraged me to experiment with expressing my ideas through use of a variety of materials. Interestingly I took very few painting classes and instead chose to learn different studio practices such as printmaking, fiber arts, photography and sculpture. After I graduated I spent the summer at an artist
When did you know you wanted to pursue art?
When you think of the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney Parks with its spinning teacups, you might associate it with words like fun or exciting. I think of words like nauseating and unhappiness
You just finished your solo exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery entitled
The frenetic pace of Gordon
It’s the 40th volume of Hi-Fructose!
Featured in this issue is:
Mark Mothersbaugh’s new museum retrospective at the Akron Art Museum, the elaborate skull carvings of Jason Borders, a studio visit with Japanese artist collective three, the wonderful drawings of Nicomi Nix Turner, photographer Robert Bartholot’s mysteriously artificial images, Nicole Gordon’s bright and tragic landscapes, and Vincent Castiglia’s amazing blood paintings. Then we delve into the violence of man with Cleon Peterson’s graphic paintings, discover the cinematic baroque paintings of Jamie Adams, and review on the new Peelander Z documentary Mad Tiger!, and more!
Chicago based artist Nicole Gordon creates eclectic landscapes reminiscent of fairytale dreamlands as metaphors for the emotional and physical loss of personal space.
These paintings are from Nicole
Nicole Gordon paints landscapes that lean on the whimsical and somewhat grim, an expression of beauty met with the horrors of real world change and transformation. The Chicago based artist cites namely 16th century painters Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch as her inspiration, whose works while dramatic and highly stylized, also offered expressions of the every day of their time. Similarly, Gordon describes her work as a combination of fantasy with darker truths: her use of bright colors and out of place objects create an imaginative view of reality.
Tiptoeing between reality and the surreal, Nicole Gordon
The show runs from March 18th 2016 to April 20th 2016. An opening reception will be on Friday March 18th from 6-9 pm
May 28th - July 11th 2015
Nicole Gordon’s large-scale oil paintings and gouache studies reflect surrendering to a loss of personal space. Using natural environments to stand as metaphor for physical, emotional, or spiritual personal space, each timeless setting has been infiltrated by pop-culture imagery. The heightened colors and out-of-place objects create absurd, and sometimes disturbing, stage-like scenes that become an alternate reality. What may at first seem like a disturbance to the serenity ultimately animates the setting and breathes new life into the space.
January 10th - March 8th