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Pamela Jorden

New Paintings

October 28 - December 3, 2006

Opening Reception : October 27, 2006 7-9 pm

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to announce the second New York solo exhibition of Los Angeles artist Pamela Jorden. The exhibition will feature new oil paintings which continue Jorden’s investigation in process-driven abstraction.

There is a strong visceral attraction in Jorden’s paintings. Her seemingly endless experimentation with the viscosity of paint and intermingling of texture, form and color is an invitation to the romantic confusion of paint as paint. Her mark-making brings to mind handwriting, graffiti, and the tactile qualities of abstract expressionism.

The (non-)color black is ever present in each canvas, working as the agent that holds the compositions in place, but upon closer inspection, is worked with the same idiosyncratic deftness as the haphazard pockets and lines of color. She elaborates gestural space by layering complex, vibrant tracings of color against these deceptively simple patches of black. The viewer is challenged to discern what is foreground and what is background.

Jorden creates an elaborate compost of the medium. Her work has a particular dynamism. Colors blend in various ways, building up layers and mysteriously holding form in one area, then shooting out into strokes of light or dark or thin looping trajectories.

Pamela Jorden holds a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include [keep feeling] Fascination: Recent Abstract Painting in Los Angeles, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA (2006); project.1, Mason Gross Art Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (solo) (2005).