Jordan Broadworth works in layers, ‘wet into wet’. In each layer there are areas exposed while other areas are masked using a wide array of painterly and pedestrian motifs. Each layer is a specific color and contains distinct information. In the final stage of the process he works back into the surface. The layers of information are compressed and any linear sense of time is flattened. The relationship between figure and ground becomes ambiguous creating seamless juxtapositions and paradox. Some aspects of the work are predetermined with others he works blind, opening the work to spontaneity and chance.
Broadworth entered art school in a generation where slide projectors were used to present an intact historical canon and completed graduate studies in a world awash with digital images metanarratives on the decline. In an increasingly globalized and screen filled environment what is experienced as real and immediate is in constant flux. Painting’s role in the twenty-first century is to bridge the gap between the immediate and mediated, past and present and show how absence haunts the structures of vision.
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.