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Blind James (white) is one of a group of ‘blind’ portraits Gordon has created by excising the eyes from publicity stills of Hollywood stars of the 1950s and 1960s. This image features actor James Mason. The simple gesture of removing the actor’s eyes renders the image sinister and emphasises the mask-like nature of Mason’s role as actor and icon. Gordon is fascinated by dualities and the tension between good and evil. The excision of eyes in this work may suggest an unknowable alter-ego hidden behind the polished veneer of the portrait.

December 2006