Jordon Rodgers – United Kingdom

Urban Utopia no 9. iPad drawing. 2012

Urban Utopia no 9. iPad drawing. 2012

Briefly describe the work that you do.

At the early stage of my career it is an opportunity to do something different, to push boundaries. I use my cross-disciplinary way of working to bridge the gap between traditional drawing and drawing on the iPad. I’m interested in conservation and preservation of historical British landmarks and buildings.

I have been exploring the affect the changing nature of the built environment has on our collective imagination. The process of creation is kinetic and mobile, yet macroeconomics and national politics feel increasingly more remote. Consequently, creative collaboration is essential to the art of valuing what’s on our doorstep. 

At what point in your life did you decide to become an artist?

Ten years of age. 

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

Education

2009 – 2012, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Lancaster University, First-Class

Prizes

2013, Short-list, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013
2012, Long-list, Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, and the 100 Contemporary Artists 2013 Anthology

iPad drawing workshop

2014, iPad Art Class: Cityscapes at Apple Store, Covent Garden, London 2013, Jerwood Drawing Prize: The Big Draw, London
2013, Tea With An Architect: Love Architecture Festival, Liverpool

Solo Exhibitions

2014, Drawing: Liverpool, Clove Hitch Gallery, Liverpool 

2013, New Babylon, Nancy Victor Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, Jerwood Space, London 2013, Fresh Meat Gallery Open 2013, London
2013, Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2013, York St Marys, York 2013, Art In Mind: Downtown, The Brick Lane Gallery, London 

City of London Mile. iPad drawing. 2014

City of London Mile. iPad drawing. 2014

What types of conceptual concerns are present in your work? How do those relate to the specific process(es) or media you use?

I make use of the iPad as a tool to explore the comparisons between traditional drawing on paper and digital drawing applications. Touch screens are revolutionising the process of creation and represent a new perspective in drawing. Direct touch input has made a significant difference to my pieces. 

Urban Utopia no 10. iPad drawing. 2012

Urban Utopia no 10. iPad drawing. 2012

We once heard Chuck Close say he did not believe in being inspired, rather in working hard everyday. What motivates you in your studio practice?

The act of looking during everyday passage through a city is an art form. Architecture presents a romantic vision for a humanistic city that is ever changing due to technical enhancement; it’s just a matter of how we keep up with these changes. 

What artists living or non-living influence your work?

David Hockney, Guy Debord, L. S. Lowry. 

When you are not making art what types of activities and interests do you engage in? 

Architecture, art, British heritage, new technologies, drawing, iPad, design, graphic design, skiing, tennis 

About 

headshotJordan Rodgers is a BA (Hons) Fine Art, First-Class graduate from Lancaster University, who presents cross-disciplinary drawing involving architectural visualisation. His style is reminiscent of cubist, futurist where the extended lines of the buildings appear to have angles, which have more potential than the visible; the invisible of the building. Since graduating in July 2012 his work has already been exhibited in selected group and solo shows and published in national and international art magazines and websites, including the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, and the 100 Contemporary Artists 2013 Anthology and more recently the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013. 

In the Studio

In the Studio

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

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