HORTENSE CROMPTON MATTICE GORDON, R.C.A.
TIME, BOUND IN SPACE
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘57; also signed and titled on the reverse
24 ins x 22 ins; 61 cms x 55.9 cms
“...Hortense Gordon embraced the rule that art is an endless search and experiment. Her life work thus is a gradual scintillating flight towards abstraction.” Drawing inspiration from the rawness and splendour of Cubism, Gordon creates a juxtaposition of shapes, colour and energy. Time, Bound in Space is an impulsive burst; the calibres, spindles and ruby jewels of a watch sprung from its case. Gears and pivots, resemble planetary orbs, non-objective and boundless despite the work’s title.
Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Douglas & McIntyre, Toronto, 2010, page 263 for a similar work entitled Orange and Yellows Bound in Space, 1952.
Ian Vorres, “Work of Gordons seen part of city tradition,” Hamilton Spectator, May 11, 1957.
Private Collection, Ontario
88th Annual Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists, March 1960.