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Marty Gordon

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Birthplace
Pensacola, FL

Lives in
Seattle

Works in
Seattle

Website

Schools
Pensacola Junior College, 1985, AA
University of West Florida, 1989, BFA
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1995, MA Comm

Tags
collage, pop culture, religion, Jesus, Elvis, dinosaurs, space mixed-media, pop, surrealism

Statement

Irony, intelligence, and a sense of humor all play into the visually exuberant collages of Seattle artist Marty Gordon. At first glance, Gordon’s pieces seem lighthearted and comical, but there’s more to his work than meets the eye. Gordon uses his art as a forum for asking questions, inviting debate, and telling stories. He also uses it as a platform for exploring spirituality and religious faith, areas in which he has struggled personally. Vibrant, colorful, and lively, his vignettes of surreal commentary have a quirky, retro quality, yet they also feel timely and fresh.

Gordon’s use of word balloons - a technique that stems from a boyhood love of comic books – allows him to create clever juxtapositions of words and pictures. He uses cutout images and bits of dialogue from a variety of sources, playing elements off of each other. Although they are founded on contrasts, each of his collages coheres beautifully. Looking at one of his works is like peeking through a window into another world – a place where art, humor, faith tension, and candidness all harmoniously coexist.

Recent Exhibits

Marty Gordon participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen- Stop Motion Animation Wizard!
The Hive Gallery & Studios
 
May, 2012 Tableaux Vivants
ArtsWest Gallery - Seattle, USA
 
Dec, 2010 NEO-Kitsch: national small works showcase
Artswest
 
Aug, 2010 Beerotica 3 Themed show
The Hive Gallery & Studios
 

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