Absence of Touch
Jordan Barker

The sensation of touch is paramount to the human experience. Baker became acutely aware of this when the absence and variety of touch that he was used to experiencing had been abruptly stripped from his life during the pandemic. He got inspired to create his art to reintroduce these textures and sensations back into his life and provide him with a sense of presence and calm amidst what felt like quiet chaos. The pieces Jordan created were a practice in mindfulness that he couldn’t achieve in any other way during this long period of isolation.

By layering different materials and mediums on canvases, he began what is now an extensive body of large scale abstract expressionist style pieces. Looking back, Jordan realizes that each of these pieces is a visual record of the silent chaos he was feeling around him and his own personal need for touch, presence, and an escape into a meditative state.

Rarely enlisting brushes or other traditional tools into my process, many of my canvases have been created using his bare hands. The experience of textures and sensations of the different mediums pressed against his fingertips during the creation process, is akin to what Jordan hopes his audience can now experience as they encounter his work in its completed state.

Barker’s pieces are intended to be a sensory experience and unlike most works on canvas, he encourages his audiences to interact with them. He wants them to touch them. Feel them. Run their fingers along the surfaces and experience all the different textures and sensations which allow them to satisfy their own needs along the way.

Jordan believes that “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.”

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. And, 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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