De Ateliers Debut Series: Alex Dordoy, at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

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Alex Dordoy (1985) shows paintings and sculptures in the Ateliers Debut Series

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(referring to De Ateliers) at the Gemeentemuseum. It is not

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clear if the whole show is one installation or a combination

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of a series of paintings and a series of sculptures.

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The sculptures look like three-dimensional paintings in combination with some objets-trouvés.

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As such they are not really that impressive or surprising,

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they might be more interesting if shown either more autonomously or

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as effective parts of an installation. Now they are neither.

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The paintings are technically quite good and as a series they

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work well, though i think, with his obvious talents, Dordoy

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could have dug much deeper than this. It’s clear Dordoy thought

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his paintings needed quite some space, which is right. But

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in that case his sculptures are stand-in-the-ways, or the paintings are

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just part of the backdrop for the sculptures. With some

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benevolence you could say the sculptures are the props in a

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play where the viewers are the actors. That sounds nice

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but it would obscure the fact that the show doesn’t work

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like that when you are walking around there. Try harder

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next time, Mr. Dordoy! I’m sure you can do better!

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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