Bag of Shadows
September 7 - October 12
Opening: Saturday September 7, 3 - 6 pm
Broadworth’s exhibition of recent paintings showcases the development of a process heavy, labor intensive and hands-on approach to making paintings that look decidedly hands-off. Each painting is made wet-into-wet, built-up in multiple layers and stripped back. The result is a smooth, uniform surface and a levelling between figure and ground, gesture and structure, chance and intention. The practice of viewing work on screens has changed how works are read and interpreted. Painting now leads a double life. Every physical work spawns a pixelated proxy. As is common with people, some paintings look better and appear to have more exiting lives online. Painting plays defence for immediate experience while firmly planted in the mediated. This body of work acknowledges and gives form to this contradiction, playing in the gap between immediate and the mediated experience.
Canadian artist Jordan Broadworth studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University prior to graduating from the University of Guelph’s Master of Fine Art program in 1997. Broadworth has exhibited across Canada in museums and commercial galleries along with a recent solo exhibition in New York City, 2016. His paintings are in numerous public and corporate collections including: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, McKee Nelson LLP, New York, The TD Bank and the Bank of Montreal. Reviews and articles on Broadworth have appeared in Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, Abstract Painting in Canada and the Brooklyn Rail. Jordan Broadworth has been based in New York City since 2008.
Artist website: jordanbroadworth.com