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Marty Gordon

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20110118150336-head_of_the_class
Head of the Class, 2010 Collage on Wood Panel 6" X 6" © 2010 Marty Gordon
20110118150450-a_little_light_gardening
A Little Light Gardening, 2010 Collage on Wood Panel 6" X 6" © 2010 Marty Gordon
20110118150651-transfiguration
Transfiguration, 2010 Co 6" X 8" © 2010 Marty Gordon
20110118150904-that_old_time_religion
That Old Time Religion, 2010 Collage on Mat Board 5" X 7" © 2010 Marty Gordon
20110118151057-gravity_is_a_harsh_mistress
Gravity is a Harsh Mistress, 2010 Collage on Wood Panel 5" X 7" © 2010 Marty Gordon
20110118150051-marty_gordon_portrait
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Pensacola, FL
Lives in
Seattle
Works in
Seattle
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.