Luke Jordan


Luke Jordan

Artist statement


Everything changed quickly, and as a teacher and part-time museum worker, it’s hard to imagine where we’ll end up or how long it will take to get there…

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to continue to work: my wife and I have created a makeshift workspace on our back porch, which she uses as a workshop for dyeing fabric and I use as a studio for taking photographs. For many of the photographs I’ve taken, my wife and son have played along as models. And like many family photographs, something is revealed or suggested, but even more is left hidden or unsaid.


Pictures from the Back Porch* (*or Recent Work in the Time of COVID-19)


Luke Jordan, born 1957

MA, 2020,
digital photograph


Luke Jordan, born 1957

MA, 2020,
digital photograph


Luke Jordan, born 1957

MA, 2020,
digital photograph


Luke Jordan, born 1957

Willie, 2020,
digital photograph


Luke Jordan, born 1957

Willie, 2020,
digital photograph


Luke Jordan, born 1957

Willie, 2020,
digital photograph


Artist bio


Luke Jordan has taught at the University of Kansas since 1988, and currently he is a lecturer and academic program associate in the Department of Visual Art, KU School of the Arts. He has been an active artist and teacher since receiving a BFA in art and an MFA in photography from the University of Michigan. Over the years, his work and effort as an artist and teacher have become inextricably linked. His research is concentrated in photography and video, and in making work he has explored a range of issues, media, processes, and technologies. In addition to teaching, Jordan works at the Spencer Museum of Art as a specialist in photography and works on paper. He has also been the staff photographer for the KU University Theatre since 1997