Narcisse Tordoir (°1954) is a Belgian artist living and working in Antwerp. His monumental work ‘De-Light’ didn’t escape my attention during Art Brussels 2015. So I was looking forward to see some more of his work in person. This time not on a white gallery wall…
The Museum Plantin-Moretus did a great job bringing contemporary art in its medieval home dedicated to the art and history of printing. Tordoir’s work is displayed in a library room and is called ‘The Pink Spy (3)’. The work belongs to ‘The Pink Spy’ series (2013) commenting on the unsettled world to which we all belong.
Tordoir connects in this series with the tradition of Venetian late-Baroque painter Tiepolo. Tiepolo’s etchings the ‘Caprici’ and ‘Scherzi’ series depict a world of strangers and outcasts. The central figure is the ‘Oriental’, a metaphor for the artist, philosopher, poet and scientist. Tordoir also includes this figure in his tableaux vivants.
In ‘The Pink Spy 3’ the image of the plaster cast of a dog corresponds with a drawing by Jacob Jordaens in the collection of the Museum Plantin-Moretus.
Tordoir’s way of working is illustrated in the adjacent room with a set of preparatory drawings and collages, a short video in which the artist explains his approach and also the plaster cast dog and the dog drawing of Jacob Jordaens.
The working process reveals an artist who thinks while drawing and sticking pieces of images together with brightly coloured tape. For Tordoir these are fundamental artistic investigations of the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of an image which can lead to a major engaged art work such as ‘The Pink Spy (3)’ dealing with consumption and pollution.
Check website Narcisse Tordoir for more and far better pictures. Exhibition in Museum Plantin-Moretus can be visited till 3 Jan 2016.
All pictures shown are taken by me in the exhibition.