Christopher Paul Jordan

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Tacoma, WA

Using large-scale murals, I impersonate the photojournalist— cautiously mediating the viewer’s grasp of reality as I separate narrative imagery from its context. I’m interested in media infrastructure and its role in shaping what is knowable. Along the surface of my paintings, distortions and compression artifacts exploit observers’ preoccupation with the human figure. Methods of digital intercession enable me to relocate the fourth wall; using smartphone accessibility features, for example, to create double-paintings, where the mobile camera becomes the portal into “natural likeness.” At the hands of the user, virtual and physical space end up folded together, and suddenly we are all in the frame.