"In this body of work Gortner participates with his materials in an alchemy of gestures including cutting, spraying, glazing, bonding, breaking, stapling, screwing, paint slopping and brush wielding. Some paintings begin with Gortner bolting together smaller found paintings, then working into the larger arrangement. With another technique the artist cuts out passages from found paintings, grafting them face to face with poured paint. Later, when the paint is dry, he breaks apart the bonded paint surfaces- transposing various layers of the two surfaces into one abstraction. A new painting based in part on forced, chance interactions between existing paint and paintings. This work asks the question: how much of an artists work is his own? Gortner then paints further into these transformations, making them exactly as he sees fit."