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530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Jordan Clayton
Portal of Enigma
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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JORDAN CLAYTON

Portal of Enigma
May 19 – June 9, 2015
Reception: Thursday, May 21, 2015 6-8 PM

Canadian artist and hobby microbiologist Jordan Clayton paints wholly unique, yet entirely natural abstractions based on microscopic observations of home-grown cultures. The beauty of his wispy, ethereal paintings challenge societal expectations of his subjects which include bacterium, viruses, fungi, and single-celled organisms. They are an homage to nature in a way altogether unique from landscape and figurative paintings: embracing the often unsung world of science in art. 

Clayton was once a figurative painter, whose interest in the human form reflected his own personal struggles with masculinity. However, the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a digestive parasite rerouted his focus, turning his fascination with the body into one far more microscopic. Today, his nebulous, sinewy oil paintings reflect the very nature of growth and decay. 

When viewing Jordan Clayton's works, one is reminded of fantastical worlds. His almost eerie, veiny lines evoke the reaching claws of demons or wings of angels. The interactions between colors and shapes turn these microbe subjects into vast universes of whimsy and imagination. While the paintings themselves invite interpretation, Clayton's titles often offer very grounded, honest descriptions of the original subjects and themes.





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