Absence of Touch
Jordan Barker

Absence of Touch is a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Jordan Barker. Jordan became acutely aware of the sensation of touch when it was abruptly stripped from his life during the pandemic. He started creating his art to reintroduce textures and sensations back into his life. Each of Jordan’s large abstract paintings is a visual record of the silent chaos he was feeling. To Jordan, making art is a practice of mindfulness that brings a sense of presence and calmness that he couldn’t achieve in any other way during the long period of isolation.

Jordan says “My art is intended to be a journey. First for me. Then, for anyone who interacts with my pieces. This journey is about being present. It is about experiencing one of the most primal elements of human nature. The sensation of touch.”

His works are created with bare hands; through this process, Jordan delivers his experience of textures and sensations to his audience. The audience are invited to touch and interact with his works to satisfy their own needs for touch.

About the Artist

Jordan Barker is a New York City based artist. Initially inspired by found objects, his first piece was a coffee table that was created from a wooden palate found in the streets of New York. While the palate was interesting enough to catch his eye as a ready-made, Jordan was inspired by its potential, so he transformed it into something that was not just beautiful, but functional. Thus began Jordan’s journey as an artist fueled by the process of creating something from nothing. Since then, Jordan has spent his time getting to know and learning from other New York City artists, all while developing and carving out his own unique style. He has since created what is now an impressive body of work, with pieces already incorporated into a number of private collections around New York City.
For more information on Jordan and his work visit his website here, or follow him on Instagram.


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