suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Chad GORDON: Brooklyn-based artist, Chad Gordon works with found images to generate idiosyncratic, often absurd combinations. In Gordon’s highly specific compositions of clipped, clustered, and layered fragments, generic price tag stickers, normally associated with the American dollar store, puncture ceremonial tribal masks, interrupt advertisements, and confront iconic contemporary artworks.
Sampling elements from the cultural landscape, the multilayered collages collapse recognizable visual iconographies into unexpected idiom and anthropology.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
CG: Growing up in Northeastern Ohio has really influenced my art. The landscape has a lot of 99cent shops and strip malls that are full of other types of discount stores.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
CG: Learning about Edward Bernays and modern consumerism from watching The Century of the Self inspired some of my collages. Listening to a lot of news and talk radio, in my studio.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
CG: The collage work of Charles Wilkin, Arturo Herrera, Mark Mulroney, Bjorn Copeland and Greg Lamarche is always on my radar. Their compositions and use of color is always amazing.