5 Questions- Jordan McGirk

Ep 53. Jordan McGirk

Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode we’re talking with Jordan McGirk!

Jordan McGirk received his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA is Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. Jordan McGirk’s work explores the anxious embodiment of western hyper-masculinity and represents the fragility of living out fragmented ideologies. His most recent paintings investigate fantasies of power and privilege performed at metal shows, in sports arenas, and within contemplative mythologies by posturing young men. Jordan McGirk has exhibited work nationally, including Amos Eno Gallery in New York, Houska Gallery in St. Louis, Lit Gallery in Tennessee, AVC Gallery in California, and Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C.


  1. Why art? Why create? 
  2. Where should your work live, where does it live?
  3. What do you want for St. Louis and its people?
  4. What do you wish someone would ask you about your work? 
  5. What change does your work evoke in the viewer? What’s the endgame?

OUTRO: 5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region. 

Pick it up on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts

Or at criticalmassart.org/fivequestions, on twitter @criticalmassSTL, and IG @criticalmassart

With Jordan McGirk and Joe Kohlburn 

Editor – Sarah Hammond

Producer – Brett Williams

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