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The Great Mystery by Kristy Gordon, Oil on Linen, 16x20
Solo Exhibition 
October 23-27, 2023
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Meet the Artist at Opening Reception
Artist Talk at 8:00pm 



I interweave motifs from disparate genres and time periods - from Old Master history painting to Eastern miniatures - to explore magic, mysticism and the future for humanity. My visual narratives counter historical representations of the figure in painting. To dismantle gendered hierarchies long embedded in our visual culture, I insert feminine or camp motifs - flowers, unicorns, and fairies, for example - into traditionally masculine genres. The presence of monsters and mythic beings further suggests that these are spaces where identity is fluid. While fantastical, the environs I depict are not purely imaginary - they stage a return of the repressed. I conjure the magic that has been expunged from the rationalist, technocratic logic of our lived reality. By fusing together ideas from ancient esoteric mystery schools with contemporary questions about who we are and where we came from, I’m constructing a novel folklore, unraveling centuries of power relations and imagining a new future.

Kristy Gordon is a Canadian-born artist living in New York City.  Her paintings have been described by Galleries West as “contradictory and enigmatic scenes (that) unravel centuries of power relations and imagine a new future.” Gordon received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2011 and an MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2013. She is an adjunct Professor at the New York Academy of Art. Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and China at venues including the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, the National Academy Museum, NYC and Flowers Gallery, NYC. As a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, her paintings have won numerous awards and honors. She has received residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China; Shanghai University in China; OCAD University Florence, Italy; and has apprenticed with Odd Nerdrum in Norway and France. Gordon’s work and art writing have been featured in publications, including The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur. She has lectured and done painting demonstrations at venues including China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Sotheby’s in New York City. Her paintings hang in more than 600 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection, The Clearing House (New York City) and Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History.


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