Caster and Krast crack autumn

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Folded, unfolded, sunk and scanned no.41, 2012 Toner On Jesmonite 29 X 18 X 7 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and GRIMM (FRANS HALSSTRAAT)
Not Yet Titled, 2013 Oil And Toner On Jesmonite 260 X 125 X 10 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Gallery
Sample rate magenta , 2010 Oil On Board 50 X 45 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and GRIMM GALLERY
Caster and Krast crack autumn

Frans Halsstraat 26
1072 BR Amsterdam
May 18th, 2013 - June 21st, 2013
Opening: May 18th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

De Pijp
+31 (0)20 675 2465
Tue-Sat 11-6


Grimm is pleased to announce Caster and Krast crack autumn, the second solo exhibition of Alex Dordoy (1985, Newcastle, UK) in the Netherlands.

The themes of Caster and Krast crack autumn, with works comprised out of three-dimensional jesmonite pieces, installations, paintings and wall drawings, are recogniz­able. The work in the exhibition investigates painting’s relationship with sculptural forms and material experi­mentation.

New in Dordoy’s practice is the splicing and merging of both found and constructed images.

The title of the exhibition is a combination of two ele­ments: One part is derived from graffiti Dordoy found on a toppled World War II bunker on a beach in France, the other is a reference to Caster Semenya, the female South African middle-distance runner, whose gender was infamously questioned during the 2009 World Athletics Championships, a recurring subject in Dordoy’s oeuvre.

Other motifs are the geometric printed jesmonite objects such as Folded, Unfolded, Sunk and Scanned that resem­ble the shape of an unfolded, lightweight paper airplane. These objects are created through a technique of trans­ferring toner ink on a plaster surface, allowing Dordoy to turn digital found images onto self-constructed shapes.

In his new paintings Dordoy decided to paint instead of print digital found files. Although the found and con­structed images are merged, manipulated and digitally re-worked in Photoshop, they are meticulously painted on canvas underlining the discrepancy of manually cap­turing a digital world.

This approach allows Dordoy to engage, and move back and forth with, his investigation into the technical possibilities of expanding two-dimensional found and contracted images.


Alex Dordoy

During his previous solo exhibition at Grimm, Alex Dordoy was still a student at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He has since moved to London and has had his second solo exhibition at The Modern Institute in Glasgow, as well as a recent solo show at Christian Anderson, Copenhagen.

In addition his work has been included in several group shows such as Recent British Painting curated by Tom Morton at Grimm and Into the Surface at Brand New Gallery in Milan.