Jordan Quintero is a contemporary artist currently based in San Luis Obispo County, on the central California coast. His work deals with boundaries and borders, exploring the intersections of abstraction and representation, memory and forgetting, experienced and communicated realities.
His drawings, paintings, mixed media and installation work examine the world through a metamorphic, mytho-logistical process. Tree forms can often be seen as lyrical, sensual nymphs, or heroic, defiant Titans in recent drawings and paintings. Architectural skylines morph into root structures in detailed, lyrical drawings on wood panels. Collaged, drawn and painted portraits and landscape explore the idea of existential loneliness upon the world stage, or how identity is constructed and suspended in the contemporary virtual space of post-reality that is the Internet.
His process is wide ranging and ambitious in scope--he sees it as an essential type of philosophical inquiry into the foundational questions of consciousness, identity, political participation and ethics.
Quintero, a California native of mixed Native American and European ancestry, is especially concerned with ideas of "Nature" and "the Natural". In his most recent work, organic forms, objects and visual spaces move from chaos to order and back, exploring this tension as a metaphor for human interaction with and control of nature, questioning what is lost as wildness becomes civilized, and what might be gained as the peculiarly human expands.
Ancient Language, Pt. 1, ink, graphite, wax, varnish, oil, burning on hardwood box panel, 48" x 12", 2016