J. Gorder, American (1936 - 1987)
Gorder's pop image of this purveyor of popular music is painted
on a shaped canvas-an approach adopted by several artists in
the 1960s and 70s, such as Frank Stella and Elizabeth Murray,
who desired to release painting from the traditional rectangular
format. The nickelodeon was a constant theme in Clayton Gorder's
work for several years. "It conjures up in my mind a specific
image of loud music and pulsating color-of immediacy, sensuality
and kinetic rhythm. The nickelodeon suggests a lively mechanical
life-force, positive, and direct, that is the perfect vehicle
for my own formal leanings."
Birth place: Fargo, ND
Studied: Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, B.A.; Univ. Iowa, M.A.
Exhibited: Container Corp. Am., 1963 (first prize purchase award); Davenport
Munic. Art Gal., 1968 (solo); William Sawyer Gal., 1970 & 1972 (solos);
Richard Feigen Gal., 1971; Des Moines AC, 1972 (solo); William Sawyer Gal.,
San Francisco, 1970s. Awards: Edmundson Award for best work in show, any medium,
Ann. Iowa Artists Exhib., 1969; Esther & Edith Younker Award in painting,
24th Ann Iowa Artist Exhib., 1972.