Jordan Tull‘s sleek, seductively sinister sculptures have no obvious function. Yet they imply a range of possible purposes. Subtle and stylish, Tull leaves the onus on viewers to make their own private assumptions and associations. While some of the Portland-based artist’s pieces contain overtly sexual forms, such as phallic protrusions and interlocking parts, the sexual subtext to his more subversive work lies in its sterile, stiff, formal beauty and ominous aura.
With their strict, complex geometry and aggressive metallic surfaces, Tull’s sculptures pose possible threats – yet their physical sophistication evokes an unnerving desire to touch them. The sculptures could be high-end design items, but their most practical objective is to unsettle and stimulate more than just an appreciation for their fine lines and sensual aesthetic attributes. – Ana Finel Honigman