Tuesday, 04 March, 2014
John Pearson and Pamela Jorden will deliver a joint lecture on their work.
John Pearson received a MFA from California Institute of the Arts and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited widely in the United States including garages, non-profits, artist collectives, museums, and commercial galleries in Los Angeles along with solo exhibitions in New York; Saint Petersburg, Russia; and a recent two-person exhibit with Emily Newman at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pamela Jorden's energetic, fractured paintings combine diverse forms, patterns, and colors taken from daily experience and conveyed through an idiosyncratic engagement with abstraction. In recent work, she has reexamined, explored and referenced the color theory and visual vocabularies of early 20th century abstraction, in particular the orphic cubism of Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, and František Kupka. Jorden's new works begin with geometrically structured canvases of stained raw linen, and employ hot and vibrant colors; frenetic, contrasting brushstrokes; and alternating matte to iridescent finishes to a particularly personal effect - simultaneously structural and atmospherically charged. Combining the visual density of her surroundings with these subtle optical effects, Jorden's work suggests the changing effects of light and shifting perspectives, and the transience of visual experience. Jorden is a Knoxville native. She got her BFA in art from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.