Perceptual Geography

Perceptual Geography is a series of digital installations, video works, and prints created using custom software that displays photos, videos and sounds as navigable, spatial environments based on embedded metadata of urban and natural landscapes, largely in Southern California.

Fluid Motion
May 5th, 2016
Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology


Fluid Motion is a transdisciplinary performance combining live painting, video, and sound. Gordon’s painting process harnesses fluid dynamics to create complex marbling patterns, similar to Japanese suminagashi ink painting. By placing high flow acrylic paint on a wet canvas flat against the ground, then slightly tilting it back and forth, complex patterns emerge, often evoking aerial landscapes, astronomical photos, or microscopic processes. Custom sonification software will generate electronic sound based on color, shape, and motion of the wet paint surface.


May 21, 2015, Media Arts Technology End of Year Show, “Open Sources”, Elings Hall, UCSB

Transitions, is a 360 degree panoramic video representing a walk from one end to the other of Tucker’s Grove Park. Panoramic photos and recordings taken at various locations in the park were layered and blended into a continuous video loop, which was presented in UCSB’s Allosphere. The project was funded in part by a 2015 UCIRA Mini-Grant.

Reconfigured Architecture
August 5-September 6, 2014, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA.


The Reconfigured Architecture series, presented in a solo exhibition at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, investigates the patterns, rhythms and geometry of buildings in urban settings. Inspired by the accidental symmetries found in reflections in glass, this series of 30 digital composite images combine photographs with rotated versions of themselves to create unexpected juxtapositions. Inhabiting the boundary between abstraction and representation, they employ visual paradoxes to investigate the psychological process of association and suggest dreamlike, alternative realities. My experimental photographic approach, using High Dynamic Range (HDR) software to meld together each image with its rotated version, emerged from an interest in Surrealist photomontage as well as encounters with the photographic works of Robert Weingarten, Edmund Teske and Jerry Uelsmann.



June 2014, MAT End of Year Show, Elings Hall, UCSB

Waves is an interactive installation investigating the boundaries between controlled and emergent behavior, chaotic and ordered motion. Using a Leap Motion motion tracking controller, the viewer interacts with virtual agents following orbital and pendulum motions, while their vertical and horizontal positions are also heard in the sound domain as pitches.

Data Visualization

In three data visualizations, I investigated the impact of the recent financial crisis on the Seattle Public Library (SPL) checkout activity. This project was completed as part of George Legrady’s UCSB class, MAT 259 “Visualizing Information,” taken in Winter 2012.