Jordan Dunlop



Spring Arts Update 2021:

 

This is a first quarterly visual arts update, reaching out to the arts community in Ontario, patrons and people who have supported and followed my art projects. The arts have been one of the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic.  I feel it’s important to keep people involved now, more than ever. I feel by making a newsletter, along with my art on social media pages, I am able to make more of a personal connection with my audience about upcoming projects. This Newsletter also helps me reconfirm my own arts ambitions during uncertain times. Below is a short bio about my creative process and development, and also art events.

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton’s 2021 Artist Sale, Online

April 22nd- May 31              

Online exhibition link: https://aghartsales.com/pages/2021-agh-art-sale

 



Lock Down Mandala, 37x37inch, Acrylic on plexi-glass, 2021, on display at AGH Artist Sale 2021

 

I paint on reclaimed plexi-glass, breathing new life into materials which would otherwise been thrown away. Painting the imperfections already there transforms them into artworks similar in spirit to Japanese “Kintsugi “(gilding broken pottery back together), whereas I paint to highlight faults and scratches present in the plexi-glass. 

 

 



 Solo Exhibition for First Fridays, downtown Peterborough, October 2020, formally Star X Gallery

 

Painting on plexi-glass provides a window to the other side and what is normally kept unseen as the most beautiful marks lay hidden from the viewer. This method of painting on the front and reverse side of the picture plane’ I describe as Dyslexic Alchemy; transforming common paint marks into grand gestures, simply by turning the plexi-glass around and utilizing both sides.  I arrived at this method of painting through chance and error and a natural tendency to reverse order as I have struggled with dyslexia from an early age.  I feel painting is a natural way of connecting to my inner psychological state and can brings about change in my daily live using creativity and play as a starting point for discovering new Ideas.

 

 

 

Dissolving States, acrylic painting on plexi-glass, 34x34inch, 2021

Art Gallery of Peterborough, Group Exhibition- Presently, on until May 2021

Exhibition link: https://agp.on.ca/exhibitions/presently/

 

 

In my latest exhibition currently at the Art Gallery of Peterborough until May of 2021, one of my paintings is incorporated in a group show titled Presently.  The theme of the exhibition is about artists responding to the contemporary moment. I feel plexi-glass is newly politically charged material, referencing barriers in the global pandemic in separating people for safety reasons.  By painting on barriers I am attempting to subvert this barrier notion simply by continually making artwork in isolation and displaying these paintings back to the public to enjoy and benefit from.

 

 


This is the first virtual exhibition I have taken part in. Over 150 submissions only 43 are chosen from around Ontario for Visual Arts Mississauga’s annual juried exhibition, VAM 43.  This exhibition displays the strength of the visual arts has to adapt to the pandemic to continue to create a high profile event while utilizing safety to the highest standards for the public.


Click below to see”Extended Mind" from my recent body of work. This painting highlights consciousness and connection beyond physical boundaries of what’s considered the mind and is one of many Ideas associated with Morphogenic Field theory developed by Rupert Sheldrake.

 

https://art.kunstmatrix.com/apps/artspaces/dist/index.html?timestamp=1610725878168#/?exhibition=4179629&language=en&splashscreen=false&hideBranding=false&returnURL=https:%2F%2Ffef82e69-924c-41b6-be71-a6ec4b62f84a.htmlcomponentservice.com%2F


Jordan Dunlop, one of 46 artists responding to contemporary themes current to the moment.  A majority of artists depicting the impact of the world pandemic in these selected artworks. Although abstracted, Jordan's painting subtly depicts relational tensions as well as the tension felt south of the border, urban decay, barriers and division.


Ramp View - Artist posing with painting Dissovling States

Mian Gallery View


Main Space - detail of artist   

For more info about AGP's juried exhibition- PRESENTLY please click below;

 

https://agp.on.ca/exhibitions/presently/


I will be featured again this year at the AGH artist sale. In this current global crisis and time of uncertainty I do not wish to promote sales as much as to use this time to promote further insight into the inner workings of my art practice and to inspire creativity.

 

If you do feel inclined to find out more about the AGH online sales event as well as my profile please click on the link below or explore my website for further insight. Thank you :)

 

I will be donating 30% of sales made through my website to Hospice Toronto, an amazing organization I had a sort time volunteering at. For information about Hospice please click on the link; https://hospicetoronto.ca/organization/




The 2020 AGH Art Sale Online will be the first of its kind in the AGH's 13-year history of the event. This year, the Art Sale will be offered in an exclusively digital format that brings the work of over 60 contemporary artists into the comfort and safety of your home. All included artworks will be available for purchase over the 4-week course of this online event, with sales directly supporting those artists and the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s public programming.

Follow the event on the 2020 AGH Art Sale Online website page and
the AGH Art Sales + Services Instagram account through the icon link below.






Featured wall; exhibiting recent plexi glass paintings at Art Gallery of Hamilton’s annual Artist Sale. A juried exhibition featuring artist’s from across Canada.



The charity auction Time Raiser has successfully taken place at the Power Plant annually in Toronto, Ontario.  I am proudly posing with one of my recent paintings and have been selected two years in a row. Charities bid on a number of volunteer hours representing the value of the art piece and the artist gets paid directly by the organization.



Primordail Mirror-    October 7th,  Peterborough,On

 

These recent art works are painted on plexi glass front and reverse side of the picture plain, a method I describes as dyslexic alchemy (a dual sided method of painting transforming common paint marks into grand gestures simply by turning the plexi glass around).

 

I provide a window into deep layers of paint that would otherwise be hidden from the viewer such as fractals, patterns and shapes that pulls on the surface.

 

This exhibition was a part of first Fridays at Star X Gallery apart of Evans Contemporary in Peterborough, Ontario.  Attendance can range up to 500 people on exhibition night.
























Dyslexic Alchemy- Hamilton Public Library, June 2018

 

A time based drawing project of Hamiltons urban infrastructure taking place over a period of a month. Experimental geography method know as psychogeography playfully records the city in a unique way.  Drawing collages are made up from smaller drawings created from a journey throughout the city, recording an interior mood as well as what is visually seen.  Guided by decisions created in the moment, these drawings are automatic, immediate and are thought of as meditative experiments centering on the process of mark making.

 
































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