College for Creative Studies: Art Practice (Fine Arts)


Ann Gordon

TRA Art Group

Gallery Director

Ann Gordon provokes the imagination by incorporating clever contradictions into her work - whether she is painting, performing duties as gallery director at TRA Art Group in Troy, or updating Detroit's hottest online art site: 

"CCS did a great job at preparing me with the art skills I needed to continue making good art. I developed an art language through my education at CCS and can't stress enough how much I have grown in terms of looking at art and creating an art network around me."

"I enjoy using subjects in an unexpected way," said Gordon, who majored in painting at CCS. "I know some of my work sounds a bit twisted. My brain always seems to picture the worst, yet I find a little humor in the act! I am drawn to other artists who poke fun at art making or use little to say a lot."

As inspiration for a recent series of paintings, Gordon smashed vintage Hot Wheels cars into pieces, positioned the parts and photographed the arrangement. Then, she created a series of abstract paintings from the images in her photos.

In addition to leading her on the path to a fulfilling career, Gordon's research has inspired her to create something new to the city - an online presence of the local art community. Her site, draws hundreds of readers per day.