Even though Summer is gone, it isn’t for Alex Dordoy’s exhibition at Grimm Gallery. Summer’ Ego is a fresh play of a strong color-palette mixed with gradient subtleties. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and his fifth solo presentation in Amsterdam. Alex Dordoy creates images that question the mechanisms of visual attraction. How we experience time and how it’s presented plays a vital role in his work. He strips down and re-contextualizes advertisements from the 1920s and 1930.
What I like the most is that he chooses vibrant, unnatural colors to depict his images. An aura of romanticism and nostalgia is seen through his graphic style of hard lines and ‘cut-out’ parts. In the Ego paintings he strives to create an awareness of passing time, using variations of hues that suggest the changing of seasons. They represent a singular concept, or rather, they are one painting that he has expanded across different canvases. Although our paintings are conceptual and visual different. My series Say Yes When You Want To Say No is also a singular artwork and spread across ten canvasses.
Another important factor is that he uses the walls and location of the gallery as an essential part of the paintings. The stately building with the added gradient wallpaper gives his research on time and placement just that extra touch! The exhibition runs till November 17.