• REUBEN GORDON

  • Reuben Gordon was born and raised in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. With both parents being...
    Reuben Gordon, Sunset and Lucille, 2018, oil on canvas

    Reuben Gordon was born and raised in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. With both parents being abstract painters, Gordon has been surrounded by paintings, even before he possessed language, which gave him a deep understanding of the visual.

     

    The landscape of the Lower East Side, the East Village, and Brooklyn, and the fun loving people he grew up with there, formed his internal architecture. As does the special kind of melancholy that exists in the desire for a colorful life.

     

    In 2018, Reuben Gordon moved to Los Angeles. Since, Gordon developed an appreciation for the unique nature of California, and for road trips, both of which became a theme in his work.

     

    However, despite being apart from it, New York City remains central to the artist work.

     

    Abraham Cahan, the Belarussian-born Jewish immigrant writer, said, “We will accomplish in the new world one-hundred times more than we could in the old. But you’ll not be able to erase the old home from your heart. The heart will be drawn elsewhere. And in your solitude, images will rise up and stare in your faces”.

     

    Hemingway, remarking on Miro’s masterpiece, The Farm, wrote, “It has in it all that you feel about Spain when you are there and all that you feel when you are away and cannot go there. No one else has been able to paint these two very opposing things.“

     

    The deep human tendency to imagine places and people we love but cannot return to feeds the act of painting, where you are trying to expel a nameless energy onto a canvas, in longing. You hope your expressions relate to the universal, though they come from an individual in solitude.

     

    The longing, exteriorizing the unconscious, results in an anxious explosion of beauty that is objective and plastic. I am most interested in color, and formal qualities of painting. Concepts, emotions and meanings follow, through them.

     

    Reuben Gordon

  • Reuben Gordon, The Willy B (View of the Lower East Side), 2020

    Reuben Gordon

    The Willy B (View of the Lower East Side), 2020 Oil on canvas
    48 x 72 in
    121.9 x 182.9 cm
  • The Willy B (View of the Lower East Side), 2020 is part of Gordon’s ongoing “Williamsburg Bridge“ Series. This bridge...

    The Willy B (View of the Lower East Side), 2020 is part of Gordon’s ongoing “Williamsburg Bridge“ Series.

     

    This bridge has everything. Its red trusses cut along the grid fenced exterior of the pedestrian walkway, forming an interlocking network of lines. During a good sunset, these metal corridors shine with a warm orangey glow. Views of the Manhattan skyline can be had. There is a bike lane, subway tracks (J, M, Z), and a highway. Graffiti flows along all surfaces, from floor to crossing red bar above, deco- rating the bridge with a colorful cacophony. And below, the East Ri- ver, flowing along Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. I grew up in these two neighborhoods, and crossed that bridge many times, of- ten to meet those very friends who gave me the finger or smooched each other at a bar.

    Reuben Gordon

  • Reuben Gordon, 4, 5, 6, 2020

    Reuben Gordon

    4, 5, 6, 2020 Oil on canvas
    48 x 72 in
    121.9 x 182.9 cm
  • Reuben Gordon, The Smooch, 2020

    Reuben Gordon

    The Smooch, 2020 Oil on canvas
    34 x 51 in
    86.4 x 129.5 cm
  • In 2018, wanting something new, a friend and I drove cross country to live in Los Angeles. I developed an appreciation for the unique nature of California, and for road trips, both of which became a theme in my work.

    Reuben Gordon

  • Reuben Gordon, Hey... go fuck yaself, 2020

    Reuben Gordon

    Hey... go fuck yaself, 2020 Oil and pastel on canvas
    36 x 24 in
    91.4 x 61 cm
  • Reuben Gordon, Father's Day, 2020

    Reuben Gordon

    Father's Day, 2020 Oil on canvas
    24 x 36 in
    61 x 91.4 cm
  • Reuben Gordon, Live mas, 2020

    Reuben Gordon

    Live mas, 2020 Oil and pastel on canvas
    24 x 36 in
    61 x 91.4 cm