Clayton 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."

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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.

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