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FRESH Artist Profile: Mark Gordon

FRESH Feature

Find out more about Mark Gordon, one of 27 artists juried into the FRESH exhibition at Artspace.


For as long as I can remember, I have been making things and adapting forms. During the Eisenhower era, my parents first noticed this tendency when I tried to nail wooden blocks to my tricycle wheels. I revel in the joy of creation. Why do I work in clay? The hidden answer: because I get to play in the mud and build fires.

The physicality of clay, along with its remarkable ability to freeze action and respond to physical impact or retain any fleeting impression, immediately and permanently captured my interest.  Clay is a universal medium: potters’ vessels have formed an essential part of material culture.  My work explores inherent properties of clay transformed through the kiln’s incandescent fire.

SPHERE XVI combines geometric forms–cone and rectangular solid. Rough sawdust-infused clay was joined quickly, alternating the emergent shapes in a matrix of wet clay over an underlying clay sphere. The piece was fired multiple times with overlapping original glazes, at a variety of temperatures.

Sphere Sculpture by Mark Gordon

Sphere XVI

Mark Gordon, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Barton College, received his BA in Philosophy and Physical Education from Oberlin College in Ohio and an MFA in Studio Art from The Ohio State University. Gordon has worked in clay for over 40 years, beginning with wheelthrowing and expanding into modular assembled clay sculptures and mixed-media site-specific installations. His work is exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries, colleges and universities, and museums.

Don’t miss these upcoming FRESH events:

FRESH Opening – First Friday, June 5th, 6 – 10pm: Juried show opening, free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion – June 11th, 6 – 8pm: An opportunity for participating artists to meet and greet with juror Cora Fischer, SECCA. With Bill Thelen, LUMP and

Closing Reception – June 25th, 6 – 8pm: Join us for a closing reception to thank the artists and other supporters of this exhibition.

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