Jordan Plotnek is a Brazilian-Australian abstract expressionist based out of Montréal. He devotes his life to solving some of humanity’s most pressing issues through professional pursuits in multiple fields, including: cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and counter-terrorism. Synergistic to these endeavours Jordan’s artwork explores the deeper questions surrounding the nature of humankind, which helps him process the heavy affairs that he encounters in his day-to-day.
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My artwork was born from my experiences as a security professional and is a reflection of my ongoing struggle with the nature of humankind and what it means to be human. On an individual level we can be full of love, acceptance, empathy, and kindness, but as a whole we are aggressive, destructive, hateful, and divisive – the sole reason that my scientific field exists. I am troubled by this duality and my art is where I process these thoughts and emotions and try to encourage change in the world.
In line with the human-centric theme, my artwork is intrinsically human in nature. I paint on the floor to allow my body to move freely as I apply raw visceral streaks of deep natural colours using a palette knife. The bulk of my work is created by layering these streaks to build up an intricate texture resembling scars or veins and is often finished off with contrasting figure-like marks.
I prefer working on large canvases that block everything else out and leave the viewer immersed in the emotion of the work. I do this in acrylic as it allows me to most quickly and fluently transfer my turbulent thoughts and emotions whilst staying focused on the subject matter.
Jordan’s life as an artist began in childhood; raised by a musician father and a painter mother, and attending both art and music school. Through his teenage years music grew to be his primary creative outlet and he became involved in various bands, touring often and featuring on a number of recordings. Once completing his engineering degree Jordan commissioned into the military where he was exposed to a world centred on human conflict and aggression, where lethal violence and destruction would be desensitised; and sometimes even celebrated. In time this hyper-awareness of how humans are capable of such atrocities resulted in a debilitating anxiety and depression that he couldn’t manage through music alone.
It was at this point that Jordan rediscovered painting, which he has practiced professionally ever since; counter-balancing his ongoing scientific endeavours with an artistic investigation into the human condition. His work quickly proved to be successful; having been internationally collected, commissioned, and gallery represented within the first month.
Given the subject-matter, Jordan’s artwork can be described as captivating, sophisticated, and sometimes enticingly uncomfortable; luring the viewer in and provoking them to engage with their own psyche and question the world around them. His works are primarily made on large canvases using deep natural acrylic colours and often have a distinctly scarred texture.
In addition to his art, Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist and produces a varied mix of Indie and Orgánica music under the alias Zélua. You can listen to his released tracks on Spotify and his experimental tracks on Soundcloud.