Alastair Gordon exhibit at SCCC through March 8


Artist Alastair Gordon's exhibit Pattern Recognition” is on display in the SCCC Art Gallery in Newton now, through March 8. Gordon’s drawings are about time, patience and memory. The SCCC Art Gallery is located at One College Hill Rd., Newton, NJ. (Photo provided).

NEWTON – Alastair Gordon, noted artist, author and critic, will exhibit a series of works on paper at the Sussex County Community College Art Gallery in Newton, NJ. Curated by Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, the exhibition is now open to the public and will be on view from 6-8 p.m., through Friday, March 8. A reception for the artist will be held on March 1, from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Gordon’s drawings are about time, patience and memory. They are simple markings and scratchings, crisscrossed and layered over rudimentary grid substrates. Gordon uses the blackest of inks made in Guangzhou, China, from an ancient recipe of fermented carbon, bone-black pigment and pine-tree resin. He draws with long willow sticks onto sheets of linen rag paper. The ink goes into densely viscous skeins, drips, meshes and seemingly random strands. The drawings are a kind of long-hand script or calligraphy without explicit narrative. The process is deliberative, repetitive and contemplative. The larger drawings take several months to complete. Ends are left open and remain unresolved, but every line, marking and splatter of ink is made with intention.
While the all-over experiments of Henri Michaux (“émergences”) and Jackson Pollock provided Gordon with an art-historical grounding, it was the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, the avalanche of concrete, glass, steel and human DNA, televised and shown repeatedly in slow motion, that provided him with a spatial reference: a traumatic release of energy that was both explosive and implosive, collapsing while erupting, expanding while contracting.
Gordon studied studio art at Princeton and Yale with Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Al Held, Joel Shapiro, Robert Ryman, Barry Le Va and Mel Bochner. He studied art history and critical theory with George Kubler, Andrew Forge, J.B. Jackson, Vincent Scully and Robert Herbert. After receiving his MFA from Yale in 1978, he went on to exhibit in America and Europe. He curated numerous museum exhibitions and wrote more than 28 books and catalogues on visual culture, including such critically-acclaimed titles as Naked Airport, Weekend Utopia, Qualities of Duration, Unfolded and Wandering Forms.
The SCCC Art Gallery is located at One College Hill Rd., Newton.