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.