Sam Gordon has long mined his life experience for his work. The earliest works on paper, which feel half in the world and half in the head, remind me of tattoos. His photographs–which he calls thoughtographs–and his dedcades of sketchbooks push in and pull out of everything he does. Even in The Lost Kinetic World, his consuming, five-year-and-ongoin, hand-held cam documentation of magical moments in performance and events from wherever in the world he b, it is Sam Gordon who is there waving to you after all is said and done.
As the artist puts it: "This group of new paintings follows my interest in exploring new processes and ways to make paintings. Instead of taking the canvas for granted, I wanted to construct the canvas-old clothes of mine,canvas remnants, and paint rags are sewn together to form the actual ground on which to work. Using bleach as paint, the mark making is one of erasure and suggests a photographic quality. What is painted and what is removed becomeas as confused as what is printed or sewn. The paintings often include thumbnail versions of themselves as well as pages from my sketchbooks as inkjet transfers- these serve as footnotes. How the paintings are made is left to the viewer to decipher."