"Ordinary Matters"
Animations and Paintings by Shelley Jordon

April 23 – June 21, 2015 | Past Exhibit

Read Linda Tesner's gallery guide essay on Shelley Jordon's Ordinary Matters here.

Ordinary Matters is an exhibit of artworks of Portland based painter and moving image artist Shelley Jordon. Included will be Jordon’s still life paintings, installation and animations on themes culled from everyday life.

Photo credit: Dan Kvitka

Jordon’s artwork explores interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. Using traditional drawing and painting media applied to two dimensional artwork, animation and installation, she expresses the complex nature of memory; physical and emotional, collective and personal.  Daily life, relationships and every day objects are investigated and informed by perceptions of previous experiences that reveal emotional and psychological resonance and reflect the passage of time. She has had over fifty solo exhibitions, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, the Whitebox Gallery Portland, OR and the Frye Museum, in Seattle, WA. Her work has been exhibited at t the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art and at international venues in Italy, Israel, Great Britain, and Germany. Her projects have been supported by the Ford Family Foundation,  artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, a Visual Arts Fellowship for the American Academy in Jerusalem (pilot program), two Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Awards and a Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Research Grant.  Jordon holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and is a Professor of Art at Oregon State University.


bananas from shelley Jordon on Vimeo.


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