Jordan Martins

Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, and educator. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and North Park University. He is the executive director of Comfort Station, a multi-disciplinary art space in Chicago. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including painting, photography, video and installation, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally.

CNL Projects: What is one thing you feel you have learned or experienced as an artist that you feel you can share with your peers and emerging artists in the field? 

Jordan Martins: Confidence is as fleeting as doubt. 

CNL: What’s something that you’re seeking from others in the field to support your practice? 

JM: We all want opportunities to exhibit our work in new places, and I'm certainly eager to grow in that respect, finding spaces for my practice to be exhibited in a thoughtful way. I also love collaborating with other artists, and thrive off of the surprise and weird alchemy that can come from that.

Jordan Martins,  Oxbow 1,  2018, oil on inkjet printed canvas, 32 x 48 inches.

Jordan Martins, Oxbow 1, 2018, oil on inkjet printed canvas, 32 x 48 inches.

CNL: What’s a piece of advice you would share with other artists or cultural producers in your field?

JM: Being an artist involves being part of an ecosystem. Often some of the most rewarding experiences I've had as an artist involve creating context or space for other artists--curating a show, operating an art space, generating programming--and the karma comes back around. As much as I love chasing opportunities for my own practice, I think it's important to work on projects working as a mediator for others' work as well. You can learn so much.